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The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented

Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, USA Today, and Maureen Corrigan, NPR - One of Time's Ten Best Novels of the Year - A New York Times Notable Book

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state--called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo--a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction's ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?

"A luminous feat of generosity and humanism."--Colson Whitehead, The New York Times Book Review

"A masterpiece."--Zadie Smith

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ISBN-13: 9780812985405
ISBN-10: 0812985400
Pagini: 368
Dimensiuni: 140 x 211 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.34 kg
Editura: Random House


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


George Saunders's brilliant debut novel about a grieving Lincoln confirms him as a literary star . To read Saunders's fiction is to be dazzled by ingenuity, imagination and searing comic verve ... A tender but trenchant reminder that America is and always has been many-voiced: not one story, but millions
Death haunts us, and in Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders mines the many ways it does: the Gothic, the sentimental, the fearful and, above all, the grief-stricken
I was impressed but challenged by the originality and scope of George Saunders's Booker-winning story of grief and empathy, Lincoln in the Bardo
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
A historical novel that hews deeply and movingly to archival fact while also being an all-out crazy spectacle of his own invention ... A puzzling, hilarious vortex of invention that only Saunders could pull off. The novel made me feel intimate with Lincoln, and that particular moment of history, in a way I never had before
Ingenious ... As entrancing as it is beautiful
Dazzling and disorientating . As you turn the pages of this remarkable novel it starts to feel uncannily like a hinge in American history
Lincoln in the Bardo was every bit as wonderful as I expected from the great George Saunders
It would be an understatement to call this novel an extraordinary tour de force ... Steeped in morality, it's a master-feat of vitality
Could hardly be more of a phenomenal tour de force ... Encompassing macabre fantasy and aching emotion, this brilliantly imaginative excursion into a post-mortem world hauntingly celebrates the pleasures and the privilege of life
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
The book is as weird as it sounds, but it's also pretty darn good
A surreal metaphysical drama about grief and freedom ... A father-son narrative that is both hilarious and haunting
I was so pleased that George Saunders won the Booker for Lincoln in the Bardo. He's like literary psilocybin, scaring the bejesus out of you before revealing the world anew
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
I can't choose Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders: everyone will, right? Still, it's utterly astonishing
A masterpiece
'The Man Booker Prize judges got it right in choosing George Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo ... A polyphonic masterpiece, by turns hilarious and deeply poignant
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
Saunders is defined by a crackling, electric kind of empathy; by the kind of humbling understanding that simply comes from trying to look further, understand more, know deeper
A hands-down masterpiece - the subject of Abraham Lincoln and the genius of this author is a perfect union . I wept while reading this book. It is singular - I've never read anything quite like it
I literally couldn't put it down . Hilarious to poignant to really moving
Surprising, daring, emotionally wrenching and warm-hearted
Fact and fiction mingle in this affecting portrait of a grieving president
Best known for his critically acclaimed short stories, this is Saunders' first full-length novel, told with tenderness, imagination and wit
It's like a gothic, American Under Milk Wood
Filled with wit and sadness . It is an immensely powerful work. In the hands of the right imagination, the horror of individual loss can become an extraordinarily humane exploration of the beauty and the value of life, however painful
I met the amazing George Saunders at a recent festival and can't wait to read Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders's Lincoln in the Bardo is an extraordinary act of poignant literary virtuosity about love, death, ghosts and history, starring the grieving president
I was won over by the sheer brio, writerly flourish and humanity of Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, which imagines a disputatious convocation of the dead observing the US president as he mourns his son
From his short stories, we might have expected Saunders's long-awaited first novel to be some sprawling vision of a future America. In fact, it's a historical novel - albeit one like no other . It's an admirable feat of style
I'll be working my way on backwards through George Saunders, having been hooked conclusively by Lincoln in the Bardo, tonal whimsies and all. I'm presently on Tenth of December, but I expect to have reached The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by the time we go on holiday
It revolves around the ghost of Abraham Lincoln's son, who died aged 11, and his fellows in the graveyard. There's no single narrator, but hundreds of different voices instead
Unfolding in the graveyard over a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a thrilling exploration of death, grief and the deeper meaning and possibilities of life
Huge excitement greeted this debut novel from the US short-story master. Abraham Lincoln mourns his dead son, while other spirits in the cemetery, hovering between life and death
Picture a less fiery Purgatory with quirky ghost from Edward Gorey materializing in the official video of Michael Jackson's Thriller and you get a flavour of this darkly comic metaphysical tale . Saunders combines the larky and the macabre to wondrous effect . Skilful juxtaposition of multiple viewpoints creates both knockabout humour and deep anguish . Gloriously bonkers
It's impossible to read Lincoln in the Bardo and not think of America's current convulsions, of the impossibility of reconciling personal and public duty, of the harrowing, hollowing nature of irreversible loss
Fantastical, funny and deeply affecting ... At a time when America is divided, the book drills down to its early rupture . Saunders' project has always been one of radical empathy: to forge connections through the most unlikely means and in the most unpromising contexts. In this book there is warmth mixed into the weirdness; moral force behind the grotesquerie; and wild humour amid the tragedy. One can safely say there's never been a novel like it
In all his work, Saunders displays a knack for rendering abstract concepts with a specificity that seems both fantastical and familiar. No matter how strange the world of his fiction, at its heart is always something sentimentally recognisable . He lets you see the small moments of transition that a heart needs to keep belief alive. At its heart, Lincoln in the Bardo is an exploration of empathy
One of the year's most original and electrifying novels
Few things live up to their hype, but the first novel by American short-story writer George Saunders, which won the Booker Prize, is a rare work of modern genius. Innovative, compelling, moving and amusing, his story of squabbling spirits in the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln has just laid to rest his young son captures the human condition in a way only the greatest novelists can. Yes, it's that good
The renowned short-story writer combined various forms from historical letters, to footnotes to comic dialogue, into a moving - if not entirely cohesive - story about loss, grief and our unwillingness to let go
You've never read anything like it. George Saunders takes risks. The risks he takes are always playful and wise ... The way he does things is almost spiritual, which is interesting - you don't see that much these days
A haunting tour de force ... At once funny, heart-breaking and utterly original
To nominate standout books I only had to think for a nanosecond: with Lincoln in the Bardo George Saunders takes the novel by the scruff of its neck, shakes loose then reassembles every single component: voice, structure, plot, characterisation, even layout. It's a brilliant and awe-inspiring performance, blackly comic, deeply moving, unforgettable