CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella. George Saunders.

CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

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It wasn’t until much later in his career, after The Tenth of December had made him a household name—that we began hosting George Saunders’s book tour stops in Atlanta. At a time when A Cappella sold almost nothing but used books, and we weren’t up on the current stuff, a customer alerted us to this new collection of stories. We quickly realized that this guy’s books would be a permanent addition to our shelves. Saunders was so original that we struggled for comparisons. The closest we could come was Kurt Vonnegut—an A Cappella staple and a Saunders favorite. As this author’s further career would verify, his stories really were like a stake in a whole new ground. Saunders was taking fiction where it had not been before. And, as in his latest book, and first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, he hasn’t stopped treading new ground yet.

Random House Trade Paperbacks, April 2016. Paper Back. New. Item #213643
ISBN: 0812987683

Since its publication in 1996, George Saunders's debut collection has grown in esteem from a cherished cult classic to a masterpiece of the form, inspiring an entire generation of writers along the way. In six stories and a novella, Saunders hatches an unforgettable cast of characters, each struggling to survive in an increasingly haywire world. With a new introduction by Joshua Ferris and a new author's note by Saunders himself, this edition is essential reading for those seeking to discover or revisit a virtuosic, disturbingly prescient voice.

Praise for George Saunders and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline



"It's no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction."--The Wall Street Journal



"Saunders's satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it's also ferocious and very funny."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"George Saunders is a writer of arresting brilliance and originality, with a sure sense of his material and apparently inexhaustible resources of voice. [CivilWarLand in Bad Decline] is scary, hilarious, and unforgettable."--Tobias Wolff



"Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless."--Jonathan Franzen

"Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny."--Zadie Smith

"An astoundingly tuned voice--graceful, dark, authentic, and funny--telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times."--Thomas Pynchon

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