"ONE OF THE YEAR'S MOST ORIGINAL AND ELECTRIFYING NOVELS": FIRST TRADE EDITION OF LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, BOLDLY SIGNED BY GEORGE SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS, George. Lincoln in the Bardo. New York: Random House, (2017). Octavo, original half black and blue-gray paper boards, original dust jacket. $450.
Preferred first trade edition of Saunders' Booker Award-winning first novel—a "luminous feat of generosity and humanism" (Colson Whitehead)—signed by him on the title page in the year of publication, "George Saunders 2-17-19."
In this first novel by Saunders, one of his generation's finest short-story writers, he achieves "a luminous feat of generosity and humanism" (Colson Whitehead, New York Times). Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the year's prestigious Booker Award, was quickly heralded as "one of the year's most original and electrifying novels" (Economist). It "takes, as its jumping-off point, the death of Abraham Lincoln's beloved 11-year-old son, Willie… and the grief-stricken president's visits to the crypt where his son was interred at the Oak Hill Cemetery… Saunders intercuts facts and semi-facts (culled from books and news accounts) in a collage-like narrative with some ghost stories of his own imagining… they lend the story a choral dimension that turns Lincoln's personal grief into a meditation on the losses suffered by the nation during the Civil War, and the more universal heartbreak that is part of the human condition" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times). "It would be an understatement to call this novel an extraordinary tour de force… steeped in morality, it's a master-feat of vitality" (Sunday Times). "First Edition" stated on copyright page. This signed first trade edition preferred over the publisher's edition signed on a tipped-in leaf, and the Powells Bookstore signed limited edition, no priority established. Precedes by nearly one month the first English edition.
A fine copy.