In Persuasion Nation

In Persuasion Nation


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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December , a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

Talking candy bars, baby geniuses, disappointed mothers, castrated dogs, interned teenagers, and moral fables--all in this hilarious and heartbreaking collection from an author hailed as the heir to Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon.

"The first thing you ought to know is that Saunders is the funniest writer in America... [But] Saunders's laughs are a cover, a diversion, beneath which reside some profoundly serious intentions regarding the morality of how we live and hte power of love and immanent death to transform us into vastly better creatures... I can't think of another writer who would try to do what Saunders is doing, or anything close to it. This is an important book."-- The Nation

"Saunders is a hilarious, wicked, and pitch-perfect satirist of our times, of course, but for a satirist he has a whole lot of heart."-- Esquire
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2007.
Copyright Date: ©2006.
ISBN: 9781594482427
Characteristics: 228 pages ;,21 cm.


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May 06, 2018

a surreal collection of futurist short stories chronicling the horrors that the near future could bring thanks to the absurdities of corporate, consumer and commodity culture. These stories stand, not only as a warning of the Post-Modern hell we have created, but also the dehumanizing and enslaving effect of the technology we put up with that forever promises to make our lives better. These stories read like a Terry Gilliam film or episodes of Black Mirror. George Saunders seems to be channeling a bit of Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K. Dick but with a power and command of the language that is uniquely his own. What makes these short stories truly chilling is that these absurdities of existence seem somehow possible in the near future.

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