George Saunders

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Pastoralia

book | 4 | 2000
World → Riverhead Books

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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Helen Manders manages the translation rights for Pastoralia

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Reviews

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

Demands to be reread immediately. 

Wall Street Journal

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.

The New York Times

Intoxicating.

Time Out

Breathtaking... a masterpiece

San Diego Union Tribune

Compulsively swallowed, sweetly addictive

San Francisco Bay Guardian

Hilarious and heartrending

The Village Voice

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