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Pastoralia - George Saunders

Paperback Published: 1st December 2017
ISBN: 9781408870532
Number Of Pages: 208

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In Pastoralia elements of contemporary life are twisted, merged and amplified into a slightly skewed version of modern America. A couple live and work in a caveman theme-park, where speaking is an instantly punishable offence. A born loser attends a self-help seminar where he is encouraged to rid himself of all the people who are 'crapping in your oatmeal'. And a male exotic dancer and his family are terrorised by their decomposing aunt who visits them with a solemn message from beyond the grave.

With an uncanny combination of deadpan naturalism and uproarious humour, George Saunders creates a world that is both indelibly original and yet hauntingly familiar ...

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Saunders is an astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic and funny - telling just the kind of stories we need to get us through these times -- Thomas Pynchon So spot on that you have to stop every now and again to sigh with delight ... this stuff is gold dust ... fiercely inventive, unforgettably funny and sentimental in all the right places Independent on Sunday Bitterly funny ... Saunders' satirical jabs are sharp and scary, but also sad and unexpectedly touching Guardian Saunders is a provocateur, a moralist, a zealot, a lefty, and a funny, funny writer, and the stories in Pastoralia delight. We're very luck to have them Esquire Artful and sophisicated ... Truly unusual. Imagine Lewis's Babbitt thrown into the backseat of a car going cross-country, driven by R. Crumb, Matt Groening, Lynda Barry, Harvey Pekar, or Spike Jonze New York Times

ISBN: 9781408870532
ISBN-10: 1408870533
Audience: BAU
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st December 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1

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George Saunders

About the Author


George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the short story collection Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, 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 Guggen­heim 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.

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