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Lincoln in the Bardo

Saunders, George, 1958-2017
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.
Main title:
Lincoln in the Bardo / George Saunders.
London : Bloomsbury, 2017.
341 pages ; 20 cm
Man Booker Prize 2017
9781408871775 (pbk. :)
Related title:
Lincoln in the Bardo [electronic resource] : WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
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