CivilWarLand in Bad Decline
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.
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Saunders’s satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it’s also ferocious and very funny.
It’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.
Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny.
Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless.
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.
Surreal and puncturing
Strangely moving, hilariously unsettling, and unlike anything else you'll read this year
One of the few living masters of the [short story] genre