Lincoln in the Bardo: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
New York Times bestselling author of Tenth of December
Auteur : George SAUNDERS
Editeur : BLOOMSBURY
Langue étudiée : Anglais
Langue maternelle : Anglais
Date parution : 03/2017 (1ère édition)
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?
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 Guggen-heim 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.
??oeA luminous feat of generosity and humanism.”—Colson Whitehead, TheNew York Times Book Review
??oeAn extended national ghost story . . . As anyone who knows Saunders’s work would expect, his first novel is a strikingly original production.”—The Washington Post
??oeSaunders’s beautifully realized portrait of Lincoln . . . attests to the author’s own fruitful transition from the short story to the long-distance form of the novel.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
??oeProfound, funny and vital . . . the work of a great writer.”—Chicago Tribune
??oeHeartbreaking and hilarious . . . For all its divine comedy, Lincoln in the Bardo is also deep and moving.”—USA Today
??oeAlong with the wonderfully bizarre, empathy abounds in Lincoln in the Bardo.”—Time
??oeThere are moments that are almost transcendentally beautiful, that will come back to you on the edge of sleep. And it is told in beautifully realized voices, rolling out with precision or with stream-of-consciousness drawl.”—NPR
??oeLincoln in the Bardo is part historical novel, part carnivalesque phantasmagoria. It may well be the most strange and brilliant book you’ll read this year.”—Financial Times
??oeA masterpiece.”—Zadie Smith
??oeIngenious . . . Saunders—well on his way toward becoming a twenty-first-century Twain—crafts an American patchwork of love and loss, giving shape to our foundational sorrows.”—Vogue
??oeSaunders is the most humane American writer working today.”—Harper’s Magazine
??oeThe novel beats with a present-day urgency—a nation at war with itself, the unbearable grief of a father who has lost a child, and a howling congregation of ghosts, as divided in death as in life, unwilling to move on.”—Vanity Fair
??oeA brilliant, Buddhist reimagining of an American story of great loss and great love . . . Saunders has written an unsentimental novel of Shakespearean proportions, gorgeously stuffed with tragic characters, bawdy humor, terrifying visions, throat-catching tenderness, and a galloping narrative, all twined around the luminous cord connecting a father and son and backlit by a nation engulfed in fire.”—Elle
??oeWildly imaginative.”—Marie Claire
??oeMesmerizing . . . Dantesque . . . A haunting American ballad.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
??oeExhilarating . . . Ruthless and relentless in its evocation not only of Lincoln and his quandary, but also of the tenuous existential state shared by all of us.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
??oeIt’s unlike anything you’ve ever read, except that the grotesque humor, pathos, and, ultimately, human kindness at its core mark it as a work that could come only from Saunders.”—The National--Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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Nbr de pages : 358
ISBN 10 : 1408871742
ISBN 13 : 9781408871744