Yesterday, the Booker Prize committee announced that George Saunders was the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
Considered the premier prize in the literature world, we send our utmost congratulations to George for this success!
The Chair of the Judges for 2017, Lola, Baroness Young, described the work as having “a witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative” as well as exploring “the meaning and experience of empathy”.
Quite an achievement!
Part historical novel, part fantasy, the beauty of Saunders’ work comes from populating the afterlife with rich voices, with only Lincoln himself in the world of the living.
The full description of the book is below:
Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders (Bloomsbury Publishing)
On 22 February 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln is laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, his father Abraham arrives at the cemetery, alone, under cover of darkness.
Over the course of that evening, Abraham Lincoln paces the graveyard unsettled by the death of his beloved boy, and by the grim shadow of a war that feels as though it is without end. Meanwhile Willie is trapped in a state of limbo between the dead and the living – drawn to his father with whom he can no longer communicate, existing in a ghostly world populated by the recently passed and the long dead.
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.