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George Saunders's debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo was a literary event, winning the 2017 Man Booker Prize and the Premio Rezzori Prize. A New York Times number one bestseller, it was chosen as a book of the year by the Guardian, New York Times, Sunday Times, The Times, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, Washington Post, Economist, Independent and New Statesman, and was declared 'a masterpiece' by Zadie SmithSaunders' first short story collection since Tenth of December, which won the Folio Prize, will be a major literary event, supported by a 10k circulation newsletter and Saunders' huge Substack following Saunders' books have sold over 160,000 copies in the UK (TCM) George Saunders is the author of twelve books, most recently the essay collection A Swim in a Pond in the Rain. His debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo won the 2017 Man Booker Prize and the Premio Rezzori prize. His collection Tenth of December was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize. 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.comNamed a book of the year 2022 by the Sunday Times, The Times, Guardian, Irish Times, New Statesman, BBC and Waterstones 'One of the best science fiction short stories to be published in the 21st century so far' SFX Review 'Saunders is funny and kind as ever, and his narrative virtuosity puts him up there with the best' Anne Enright, Guardian 'A triumph of storytelling' i paper 'A joy. Effortlessly stylish, funny and smart' Daily Mail ____________ The first short story collection in ten years from the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo MacArthur genius and Booker Prize-winner George Saunders returns with a collection of short stories that make sense of our increasingly troubled world, his first since the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist Tenth of December The 'best short story writer in English' (Time) is back with a masterful collection that explores ideas of power, ethics, and justice, and cuts to the very heart of what it means to live in community with our fellow humans. With his trademark prose - wickedly funny, unsentimental, and perfectly tuned - Saunders continues to challenge and surprise: here is a collection of prismatic, deeply resonant stories that encompass joy and despair, oppression and revolution, bizarre fantasy and brutal reality. 'Love Letter' is a tender missive from grandfather to grandson, in the midst of a dystopian political situation in the not-too-distant future, that reminds us of our obligations to our ideals, ourselves, and each other. 'Ghoul' is set in a Hell-themed section of an underground amusement park in Colorado, and follows the exploits of a lonely, morally complex character named Brian, who comes to question everything he takes for granted about his 'reality.' In 'Mother's Day', two women who loved the same man come to an existential reckoning in the middle of a hailstorm. And in 'Elliott Spencer', our eighty-nine-year-old protagonist finds himself brainwashed - his memory 'scraped' - a victim of a scheme in which poor, vulnerable people are reprogrammed and deployed as political protesters. Together, these nine subversive, profound, and essential stories coalesce into a case for viewing the world with the same generosity and clear-eyed attention as Saunders does, even in the most absurd of circumstances. ____________ 'The only way to experience Saunders's oblique, farcical, tragic world is to dive right in. It will take the top of your head off, but it's worth it' The Times 'The world's best short story writer . Liberation Day is great art' Daily TelegraphThe first short story collection in ten years from the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the BardoThe world's best short story writer . Liberation Day is great artMy writerly friends will be getting George Saunders's Liberation Day, so we can laugh, and wince, and weep, and then pore over his sentences to see how he does itMoving and tragic and also funny and deeply humanHere, the unnerving dystopia of the title story alone makes this collection, rich in wicked humour, acute observation and awkward emotion, a must-readA master of the short form . shrewd, truthfulShort-story virtuoso George Saunders returned to the form with Liberation Day, tragicomic allegories of try-hard regular folk caught up in hells beyond their understandingThe zen master of the short-story form ... Here, the unnerving, bravura dystopia of the title story alone makes this collection, rich in wicked humour, acute observation and awkward emotion, a must-read . Better to eke these out than binge'This is the joy of Saunders: he encapsulates human experience, while always hitting the punchlineSaunders is funny and kind as ever, and his narrative virtuosity puts him up there with the bestThe Alan Bennett of small-town America . These stories are not only perfectly pitched; they come with enough comedy to have you grinning and enough empathy to suddenly stop you in your tracksA joy. Effortlessly stylish, funny and smart, they come spangled with sadness and a melancholic malaise as Saunders casts an eye over a country teetering towards wreckageA triumph of storytellingThe Tom Hanks of American letters . A master of the short story . His art speaks to the dreadful present; his open-handed style, his skill as an educator, offer hope by encouraging each individual voice to find courage to speakA writer known as much for his formal inventiveness as the sharpness of his satirical witA compelling satire of modern AmericaIn describing the stories, even quoting them, we lose something valuable. That in itself is a measure of great writing. The only way to experience Saunders's oblique, farcical, tragic world is to dive right in. It will take the top of your head off, but it's worth itGeorge Saunders is that rare contemporary author who is as original as he is beloved . Readers can be assured that all the hallmarks of Saunders' writing that electrified them from the beginning are present in his new collection, Liberation Day: bold original humor, the blurred view of American life, and the sweet humanity that pierces through it allVirtuosic ... The nine stories in Liberation Day are by turn exhilarating, sad, mind-bendingly bizarre and wickedly funny . PerfectLeaves you in awe of his craftThe titan of the modern story returns with a collection of wickedly funny, perceptive and subversive miniaturesAn exquisite work from a writer whose reach is galacticMasterfulTriumphantSo good it makes you wonder why anyone else bothersSaunders' words smell like Hunter S. Thompson, Stephen King, Raymond Carver and David Lynch sharing a spliff in Joni Mitchell's parking lotA morally passionate, serious writer ... He will be read long after these times have passedSaunders has revealed himself to be nothing less than an American Gogol: funny, pointed, full of nuance, and always writing with a moral heart. This, his first book of short fiction in nearly a decade, only cements the validity of such a point of view. The nine pieces here are smart and funny, speculative yet at the same time written on a human scale, narratives full of love and loss and longing and the necessity of trying to connect . A tour de force collection that showcases all of Saunders' many skillsGeorge Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first timeWhat warm, kindhearted and radical writing. Such delicacy, such serious wit. I love itHe makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have himA luminous feat of generosity and humanismSaunders is a true original - restlessly inventive, yet deeply humaneFunny, poignant - in flashes, deeply moving - light as a feather and consistently weird

Product Details

Title: Liberation Day
Author: George Saunders
SKU: BK0462515
EAN: 9781526624963
Language: English

About Author

George Saunders is the author of ten books, most recently the essay collection A Swim in a Pond in the Rain. His debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo won the 2017 Man Booker Prize and the Premio Rezzori prize. His collection Tenth of December was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize. 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

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