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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo
A Novel

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release : 2017-02-14
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN : 081299535X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE The “devastatingly moving” (People) 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 Paste’s Best Novels of the Decade • 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 • One of O: The Oprah Magazine’s Best Books of the Year 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

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Book Analysis)

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Book Analysis)
Detailed Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide

by Bright Summaries

  • Publisher : BrightSummaries.com
  • Release : 2019-05-20
  • Pages : 58
  • ISBN : 2808019327
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Unlock the more straightforward side of Lincoln in the Bardo with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, which tells of Abraham Lincoln’s visits to the graveyard where his young son Willie has just been buried. As well has mourning his son’s premature death, Lincoln wrestles with his conflicting feelings about the Civil War, which at that time was an unpopular and seemingly futile endeavour. Meanwhile, Willie is trapped in a transitional realm between life and death, surrounded by a vividly drawn cast of spirits who refuse to accept their fate and doggedly cling to the world of the living. Lincoln in the Bardo is George Saunders’ first novel, and won the Man Booker Prize in 2017. Find out everything you need to know about Lincoln in the Bardo in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you on your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!

Book Group Bag

Book Group Bag
Lincoln in the Bardo : a Novel

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2017
  • Pages : 341
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
A Book

by Bec Kavanagh

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2019
  • Pages : 12
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo
A Book

by Saunders George

  • Publisher : Munhak Dongnae/Tsai Fong Books
  • Release : 2018-11-08
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9788954653428
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Winner of the Man Booker Prize (2017)! LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders. One of the ten best books of the year by The Washington Post, USA Today, and NPR, and a New York Times Notable Book. Saunders weaves a narrative that will have you laughing and crying as two ghosts (and others) narrate what happens while Lincoln is at his son's grave morning his death shortly after the start of the Civil War.

Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo
BOOK GROUP

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2017
  • Pages : 341
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Study Guide for Book Clubs

Study Guide for Book Clubs
Lincoln in the Bardo

by Kathryn Cope

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2017-12-12
  • Pages : 62
  • ISBN : 9781973522607
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Whether you are a member of a book club, or simply reading 'Lincoln in the Bardo' for pleasure, this clear and concise guide, written by a specialist in literature, will greatly enhance your reading experience. A comprehensive guide to George Saunders' acclaimed novel 'Lincoln in the Bardo', this discussion aid includes a wealth of information and resources: useful literary and historical context; an author biography; a plot synopsis; analyses of themes & imagery; character analysis; twenty thought-provoking discussion questions; recommended further reading and even a quick quiz. For those in book clubs, this useful companion guide takes the hard work out of preparing for meetings and guarantees productive discussion. For solo readers, it encourages a deeper examination of a multi-layered text. *Please note that this is a companion guide only. It does not contain the text of the original novel.*

Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo
A Book

by Perfection Learning Corporation

  • Publisher : Turtleback
  • Release : 2019
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9781663607614
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lincoln im Bardo

Lincoln im Bardo
Roman

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Luchterhand Literaturverlag
  • Release : 2018-05-14
  • Pages : 448
  • ISBN : 3641211956
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Während des amerikanischen Bürgerkriegs stirbt Präsident Lincolns geliebter Sohn Willie mit elf Jahren. Laut Zeitungsberichten suchte der trauernde Vater allein das Grabmal auf, um seinen Sohn noch einmal in den Armen zu halten. Bei George Saunders wird daraus eine allumfassende Geschichte über Liebe und Verlust, wie sie origineller, faszinierender und grandioser nicht sein könnte. Im Laufe dieser Nacht, in der Abraham Lincoln von seinem Sohn Abschied nimmt, werden die Gespenster wach, die Geister der Toten auf dem Friedhof, aber auch die der Geschichte und der Literatur, reale wie erfundene, und mischen sich ein. Denn Willie Lincoln befindet sich im Zwischenreich zwischen Diesseits und Jenseits, in tibetischer Tradition Bardo genannt, und auf dem Friedhof in Georgetown entbrennt ein furioser Streit um die Seele des Jungen, ein vielstimmiger Chor, der in die eine große Frage mündet: Warum lieben wir überhaupt, wenn wir doch wissen, dass alles zu Ende gehen muss?

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain
From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release : 2021-01-12
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN : 1526624257
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A GUARDIAN, INDEPENDENT, IRISH TIMES AND EVENING STANDARD BOOK OF 2021 'This book is a delight, and it's about delight too. How necessary, at our particular moment' Tessa Hadley, Guardian From the New York Times-bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December comes a literary master class on what makes great stories work and what they can tell us about ourselves - and our world today. For the last twenty years, George Saunders has been teaching a class on the Russian short story to his MFA students at Syracuse University. In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, he shares a version of that class with us, offering some of what he and his students have discovered together over the years. Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times. In his introduction, Saunders writes, “We're going to enter seven fastidiously constructed scale models of the world, made for a specific purpose that our time maybe doesn't fully endorse but that these writers accepted implicitly as the aim of art-namely, to ask the big questions, questions like, How are we supposed to be living down here? What were we put here to accomplish? What should we value? What is truth, anyway, and how might we recognize it?” He approaches the stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. The process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is a technical craft, but also a way of training oneself to see the world with new openness and curiosity. A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is a deep exploration not just of how great writing works but of how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.

BOOK CLUB SET.

BOOK CLUB SET.
Lincoln in the Bardo

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2018
  • Pages : 350
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"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 a story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its 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?" -- Publisher's description.

Lincoln i bardo

Lincoln i bardo
roman

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2021
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9788702226614
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Lincoln i bardo

Lincoln i bardo
A Book

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2018
  • Pages : 129
  • ISBN : 9789100171483
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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George Saunders

George Saunders
Critical Essays

by Philip Coleman,Steve Gronert Ellerhoff

  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release : 2017-03-25
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN : 3319499327
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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This timely volume explores the signal contribution George Saunders has made to the development of the short story form in books ranging from CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (1996) to Tenth of December (2013). The book brings together a team of scholars from around the world to explore topics ranging from Saunders’s treatment of work and religion to biopolitics and the limits of the short story form. It also includes an interview with Saunders specially conducted for the volume, and a preliminary bibliography of his published works and critical responses to an expanding and always exciting creative œuvre. Coinciding with the release of the Saunders’ first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo (2017), George Saunders: Critical Essays is the first book-length consideration of a major contemporary author’s work. It is essential reading for anyone interested in twenty-first century fiction.

Tenth of December

Tenth of December
A Book

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2013-01-03
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1408837358
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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WINNER OF THE 2014 FOLIO PRIZE AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD 2013 George Saunders's most wryly hilarious and disturbing collection yet, Tenth of December illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations. A family member recollects a backyard pole dressed for all occasions; Jeff faces horrifying ultimatums and the prospect of DarkenfloxxTM in some unusual drug trials; and Al Roosten hides his own internal monologue behind a winning smile that he hopes will make him popular. With dark visions of the future riffing against ghosts of the past and the ever-settling present, this collection sings with astonishing charm and intensity.

Pastoralia

Pastoralia
A Book

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2013-01-03
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1408841495
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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'Saunders is an astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic and funny - telling just the kind of stories we need to get us through these times' Thomas Pynchon In PASTORALIA elements of contemporary life are twisted, merged and amplified into a slightly skewed version of modern America. A couple live and work in a caveman theme-park, where speaking is an instantly punishable offence. A born loser attends a self-help seminar where he is encouraged to rid himself of all the people who are 'crapping in your oatmeal'. And a male exotic dancer and his family are terrorised by their decomposing aunt who visits them with a solemn message from beyond the grave. With an uncanny combination of deadpan naturalism and uproarious humour, George Saunders creates a world that is both indelibly original and yet hauntingly familiar ...

ABE and ANN

ABE and ANN
A Novel

by Gary Moore

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2019-05-15
  • Pages : 260
  • ISBN : 9780998711362
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Abraham Lincoln's face is on the penny and the five-dollar bill. His name graces towns and schools and luxury motor cars. In Washington, he is a seated god twenty feet tall in his marble temple. He ended slavery and brought our country through a civil war. What if it all was because of a woman? Auburn-haired Ann Rutledge, feisty and fed-up with propriety, is frontier royalty, the 18-year-old daughter of the founder of the rough little frontier village of New Salem, Illinois, where the 22-year-old Abe Lincoln comes looking for work. She is lively and literate and funny, and Abe is straight off his daddy's farm with jug ears and one change of clothes. Homely and poor, but full of high ambition, Lincoln courts the dazzling red-haired woman who comes into his life like a revelation. In the spell of their feelings, the lovers question the limits in their lives and boldly dream of a better future. But she is engaged to another man. Readers who enjoyed Doris Kearns Goodwin's bestselling Lincoln book Team of Rivals, Steven Spielberg's blockbuster film Lincoln, and George Saunders' Lincoln in the Bardo will marvel again at this very different and compelling tale of Lincoln as a young man. Not a grand historical treatment but a lyrical telling of a deeply personal tale, ABE & ANN dares to give readers an earnest but untutored Lincoln whose humanity every reader can share, who was weak before he was strong, frightened before he was bold, and deeply in love with a woman whose admiration confirmed his belief in the greatness within him.

In Persuasion Nation

In Persuasion Nation
A Book

by George Saunders

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2006-04-20
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN : 1101217456
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables—all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection from an author hailed as the heir to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon. "The first thing you ought to know is that Saunders is the funniest writer in America... [But] Saunders's laughs are a cover, a diversion, beneath which reside some profoundly serious intentions regarding the morality of how we live and the power of love and immanent death to transform us into vastly better creatures... I can't think of another writer who would try to do what Saunders is doing, or anything close to it. This is an important book."—The Nation "Saunders is a hilarious, wicked, and pitch-perfect satirist of our times, of course, but for a satirist he has a whole lot of heart."—Esquire

Truth and Metafiction

Truth and Metafiction
Plasticity and Renewal in American Narrative

by Josh Toth

  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Release : 2020-12-10
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 1501351753
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Metafiction has long been associated with the heyday of literary postmodernism-with a certain sense of irresponsibility, political apathy, or outright nihilism. Yet, if (as is now widely assumed) postmodernism has finally run its course, how might we account for the proliferation of metafictional devices in contemporary narrative media? Does this persistence undermine the claim that postmodernism has passed, or has the function of metafiction somehow changed? To answer these questions, Josh Toth considers a broad range of recent metafictional texts-bywriters such as George Saunders and Jennifer Egan and directors such as Sofia Coppola and Quentin Tarantino. At the same time, he traverses a diffuse theoretical landscape: from the rise of various new materialisms (in philosophy) and the turn to affect (in literary criticism) to the seemingly endless efforts to name postmodernism's ostensible successor. Ultimately, Toth argues that much contemporary metafiction moves beyond postmodern skepticism to reassert the possibility of making true claims about real things. Capable of combating a “post-truth” crisis, such forms assert or assume a kind of Hegelian plasticity; they actively and persistently confront the trauma of what is infinitely mutable, or perpetually other. What is outside or before a given representation is confirmed and endured as that which exceeds the instance of its capture. The truth is thereby renewed; neither denied nor simply assumed, it is approached as ethically as possible. Its plasticity is grasped because the grasp, the form of its narrative apprehension, lets slip.

Befriending the Queer Nineteenth Century

Befriending the Queer Nineteenth Century
Curious Attachments

by Michael Borgstrom

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2020-12-14
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN : 1000299562
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Befriending the Queer Nineteenth Century: Curious Attachments addresses a longstanding question in literary and cultural studies: how can a case be made for the ongoing value of the humanities without an articulation of that field's social effects? In response, this book examines how readers "befriend" works of literature, overtures that are based in a curiosity about the world that help those readers to appreciate the world anew. As an instance of this dynamic, it examines how the contemporary social interest in queerness can be contextualized through encounters with texts produced during an earlier era of queer flux: the U.S. nineteenth century. The book offers first-hand accounts of such meetings, weaving within its analysis reports on readers' engagements with literature and the consequences of those connections. It frames such dynamics as central to a new politics, or to finding a vocabulary for a familiar politics that has not received its due.