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A short story from "Tenth of December" by George Saunders, winner of the inaugural Folio Prize

By George Saunders   January 2013



George Saunders is one of America’s most celebrated short story writers. “Not since Mark Twain has America produced a satirist this funny with a prose style this fine,” says Zadie Smith. The story below comes from his new collection Tenth of December. Explaining the idea behind the story, Saunders writes: “I’m intrigued by the question of how people understand their own bad actions. I think very few people wake up in the morning fired up at the notion of being evil. So this piece attempts to mimic…

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