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The Prospect Interview #162: George Saunders’s masterclass in the Russian short story

The Booker Prize-winning writer on learning fiction from the masters

By Prospect Team  

Author George Saunders joins the Prospect Interview this week to discuss his experiences teaching the Russian short story. His new book, A Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life begins as an homage to the technical literary skill of the likes of Chekhov, Gogol, and Tolstoy; it soon becomes a lyrical reflection on the purpose of fiction, and the meaning of life. George joins arts and books editor Sameer Rahim and talks about how he changed his mind on Chekhov, getting in the mind of a Trump supporter, and the art of getting published. 

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