Civilwarland in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella

Civilwarland in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella


By (author) George Saunders

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 13mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 1 February 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1573225797
  • ISBN 13: 9781573225793
  • Edition statement: Riverhead Trade.
  • Sales rank: 46,864

Product description

In six stories and the novella, "Bounty, " Saunders introduces readers to people struggling to survive in an increasingly haywire world. "(Saunders) has created a surreal, weirdly persuasive picture of the devolved future now taking shape in our own worst and most potent tendencies."--Tobias Wolff.

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Author information

George Saunders is the author of "Tenth of December"; "In Persuasion Nation"; "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil"; "Pastoralia"; "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline"; "The Braindead Megaphone"; and a children's book, "The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip." His work appears regularly in the "New Yorker," "Harper's "and "GQ." In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." In 2000, "The New Yorker "named him one of the "Best Writers Under 40." He is a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. He teaches at Syracuse University.

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Praise for "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline: " A "New York Times" Notable Book "An astoundingly tuned voice--graceful, dark, authentic, and funny--telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times."--Thomas Pynchon "The dystopian short story is alive and kicking, wearing a black leather jacket--maybe stolen in a barroom brawl--and telling deadly dark, off-color jokes. His name is George Saunders, and he's half-huckster, half-saint; he's got shades of both Denis Johnson and Raymond Chandler.... By turns he's ferocious, witty, and uproarious, but what makes his fiction memorable is the gravitas of its dark portraiture of America."--"The Boston Globe" "Ingenious...full of savage humor and originality [and] scorching brilliance...the author creates a nightmarish post-apocalyptic world that might have been envisioned by Walt Disney on acid."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Alarming and funny...Saunders invites comparison less to Aldous Huxley than to Kurt Vonnegut.... A debut of an original, darkly funny voice."--"The Atlantic Journal-Constitution" "A savage satirist with a sentimental streak who delineates, in these pages, the dark underbelly of the American dream...Mr. Saunder's satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it is also ferocious and very funny."--Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times"