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The Resource Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo

Label
Lincoln in the Bardo
Title
Lincoln in the Bardo
Statement of responsibility
George Saunders
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Language
eng
Summary
WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017A STORY OF LOVE AFTER DEATH'A masterpiece' Zadie Smith'Extraordinary' Daily Mail'Breathtaking' Observer'A tour de force' The Sunday TimesThe extraordinary first novel by the bestselling, Folio Prize-winning, National Book Award-shortlisted George Saunders, about Abraham Lincoln and the death of his eleven year old son, Willie, at the dawn of the Civil WarThe 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?
Summary
Traces a night of solitary mourning and reflection as experienced by the sixteenth president after the death of his eleven-year-old son at the dawn of the Civil War
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2018.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2017.
  • Man Booker Prize, 2017.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2017.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2017.
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10545974
Cataloging source
DLC
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1958-
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Saunders, George
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
Lincoln in the Bardo
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:ea5eb313-0e05-42ff-89df-8287402d2748
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781408871768
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Lincoln in the Bardo
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:ea5eb313-0e05-42ff-89df-8287402d2748
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781408871768
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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