2017 Man Booker Awarded to George Saunders

October 17, 2017 | Book Buzz

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Lincoln in the bardoGeorge Saunders' novel Lincoln in the Bardo has won this year's Man Booker Prize. The novel takes place on the night that Willie Lincoln, beloved son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, was buried in a Washington cemetery. Although children generally move quickly into the afterlife, 11-year-old Willie is tempted to stay, waiting for his father to return. Those children who do not move on quickly are subjected to torment. The cemetery is populated by other souls who have not moved on for one reason or another and they try to spare the child from this agony. Described as a post-modernist novel combining history and Buddhist philosophy, the novel was a unanimous choice of the judges. 

George Saunders discussed his novel with Eleanor Wachtel earlier this year at the Appel Salon. 

George Saunders Appel Salon Video

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders 


The other finalists were:

4 3 2 1 Autumn Elmet

4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster 


Autumn by Ali Smith  


Elmet by Fiona Mozley


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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid 


History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund 


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