George Saunders’ Lincoln in the Bardo Wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize


George Saunders wins the 2017 Man Booker Prize with his novel Lincoln in the Bardo. In the book, Mr. Saunders uses the literary device of the dead in the cemetery commenting on the actions of the living visitors. The most celebrated of the visitors being President Lincoln visiting the grave of his recently departed son Willie, who died of typhoid fever at age 11. The novel, the first of Saunders, evokes Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. Saunders also intersperses actual passages from Civil War era newspapers and periodicals to move the narrative and embellish characterization. Both literary techniques work splendidly, creating a brilliant and unique work of fiction.

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