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Man Booker 2017: George Saunders and the sorrows of Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln in the Bardo has won the 2017 Man Booker prize. In Prospect's review from March, Fatema Ahmed explains why it stands apart as a novel

By Fatema Ahmed   April 2017

Drawing Lincoln: George Saunders offers an experimental take on the great man theory of history ©Greta Gabaglio/Rex Shutterstock


In George Saunders’s best-known short story, “Pastoralia,” the narrator plays a caveman in a theme park. He and his fellow cave-dweller Janet must grunt their way through the day while visitors look in on their palaeolithic practices. Yet for the pair (who are not a couple) there’s no escape from the late 20th century. They must also fill in a “Daily Partner Performance Evaluation Form.” Janet is not pulling her…

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