George Saunders

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CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

book | 4 | 1996
World → Random House

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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Reviews

Saunders’s satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it’s also ferocious and very funny. 

The New York Times

It’s no exaggeration to say that short story master George Saunders helped change the trajectory of American fiction.

The Wall Street Journal

Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny. 

Zadie Smith

Saunders makes the all-but-impossible look effortless.

Jonathan Franzen

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.

Tobias Wolff

Surreal and puncturing

Margaret Atwood

Strangely moving, hilariously unsettling, and unlike anything else you'll read this year

Esquire

One of the few living masters of the [short story] genre

Daily Telegraph

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