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Lincoln in the Bardo

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The extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil War

The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body.

From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm – called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo – and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Deploying a theatrical, kaleidoscopic panoply of voices – living and dead, historical and fictional – Lincoln in the Bardo poses a timeless question: how do we live and love when we know that everything we hold dear must end?

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ISBN-13: 9781408871751
ISBN-10: 1408871750
Pagini: 368
Dimensiuni: 153 x 234 x 28 mm
Greutate: 0.58 kg
Ediția: Export/Airside
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Publishing
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

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George Saunders is one of the most lauded and respected US writers, and has been included in Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, the New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year list.

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George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short-story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggen­heim fellowships and the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.georgesaundersbooks.com


Recenzii

Stunning ... Lincoln in the Bardo is a triumph ... In Lincoln in the Bardo Saunders has reinvented the form
A luminous feat of generosity and humanism. Such is Saunders's magnificent portraiture that readers will recognize in this wretchedness and bravery aspects of their own characters as well
The most strange and brilliant book you'll read this year . Riotously imagined ... So intimate and human, so profound, that it seems like an act of grace
Dazzling and disorientating . As you turn the pages of this remarkable novel it starts to feel uncannily like a hinge in American history
It would be an understatement to call this novel an extraordinary tour de force ... Steeped in morality, it's a master-feat of vitality
A breathtakingly agile narrative . A brilliant, exhausting, emotionally involving attempt to get up again, to fight for empathy, kindness and self-sacrifice, and to resist
A surreal metaphysical drama about grief and freedom ... A father-son narrative that is both hilarious and haunting
Saunders's extraordinary verbal energy is harnessed, for the most part, in the service of capturing the pathos of everyday life . It is Saunders's beautifully realized portrait of Lincoln - caught at this hinge moment in time, in his own personal bardo, as it were - that powers this book
A masterpiece
An incredible work of art. Deeply moral, heartfelt, hilarious, and wildly imaginative
A strange and haunting novel - his highly anticipated first, after decades of short-story wizardry - about the effect the dead have on the living, and the living on the dead
The story canters along ... The writing constantly surprises
Lincoln in the Bardo has great matters on its mind: freedom and slavery, the spirit and the body. But it is, finally, "about" Abraham Lincoln, that great spectral presence in a whole subgenre of American fiction
Must be one of my favourite novels. What a warm, kindhearted and radical piece of writing. Such delicacy, such serious wit. I love it
This is a book that confounds our expectations of what a novel should look and sound like
The much anticipated long-form debut from the US short-story maestro does not dissapoint
An original father-son tale that expertly blends history and fiction (and even the supernatural), Lincoln in the Bardo explores grief, loss, life, death
A historical novel like no other - a supernatural ensemble extravaganza of awesome intricacy and somewhat perplexing purpose ... A feat of style ... A polyphonic spree that spins the head
George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time
A cacophonous, genre-busting book inspired by the death of Abraham Lincoln's young son
A morally passionate, serious writer ... He will be read long after these times have passed
He makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have him
An astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic and funny
Saunders is a writer of arresting brilliance and originality, with a sure sense of his material and apparently inexhaustible resources of voice ... Scary, hilarious and unforgettable
There is no one better, no one more essential
Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does
Saunders is a true original - restlessly inventive, yet deeply humane
Reading George Saunders is, it's safe to say, like no other literary experience
No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised
Funny, poignant - in flashes, deeply moving - light as a feather and consistently weird
There is really no one like him. He is an original - but everyone knows that
Swings from hilarious to crushing and back again with astonishing dexterity . An exceptional novel . Believe the hype
Strange, profound, melancholy . In the final of Lincoln of the Bardo, the realities of death and loss are faced head-on ... Historical fiction will never be the same
The author may have set out to write his first novel, but the work he completed is a genre unto itself
An unsentimental novel of Shakespearean proportions, gorgeously stuffed with tragic characters, bawdy humor, terrifying visions, throat-catching tenderness, and a galloping narrative
One of the strangest books of mainstream fiction around, competing only with some of Saunders's own story collection for unbridled inventiveness
A matterlightblooming phenomenon. Loud and big. Exploding with grief and, more so, hope. And better left undescribed until you yourself reach the end
It's only February but this will undoubtedly be considered one of the best books of 2017
Wonderfully bizarre and hilariously terrifying examination of the ability to live and love
Moving and inventive tour de force
Fiction taken to a new realm, and a work of sheer brilliance
This astounding novel pitches you into the strangest of places ... Brilliant
Devastatingly moving
Along with the wonderfully bizarre, empathy abounds in Lincoln
A strange, wise novel, truer in its expression than many ostensibly historical novels
Tremendously moving ... Surpasses all expectations. This is a masterpiece
An urgently political, profoundly moral book, albeit one so playful and so fantastical that the reader may hardly notice
A joyous, comically macabre exploration of love, death and loss ... Bursting with life