Amarillo’s George Saunders wins Booker prize for ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’

Author George Saunders of the United States his book ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ during a photocall all six authors of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, in London, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The winner of the award will be announced Tuesday at a ceremony in London. ( Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) LONDON () — American author George Saunders won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for “Lincoln in the Bardo,” a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife. It is the second in a row an American has won the 50,000 pound ($66,000) prize, which was opened to U.S. authors in 2014. “I kind of numb,” said Saunders, who said disbelief gratitude were his principal emotions on winning. The book is based on a real visit President Abraham Lincoln made in 1862 to the body of his 11--old son Willie at a Washington cemetery. By turns witty, bawdy, poetic and unsettling, “Lincoln in the Bardo” juxtaposes from Lincoln’s life and the U.S. Civil War — through passages from historians both real and fictional — with a chorus of otherworldly characters who are , but unwilling or […]

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