In Pastoralia, Saunders offers a skewed version of modern America

Editor | Literary Fiction

Thomas Pynchon has described George Saunders “is an astoundingly tuned voice ­ graceful, dark, authentic and funny ­ telling just the kind of stories we need to get us through these times.”

In Pastoralia (Bloomsbury, Price Rs 499) elements of contemporary life are twisted, merged and amplified into a slightly skewed version of modern America. A couple live and work in a caveman themepark, where speaking is an instantly punishable offence. A born loser attends a selfhelp seminar where he is encouraged to rid himself of all the people who are ‘crapping in your oatmeal’. And a male exotic dancer and his family are terrorised by their decomposing aunt who visits them with a solemn message from beyond the grave.

With an uncanny combination of deadpan naturalism and uproarious humour, George Saunders creates a world that is both indelibly original and yet hauntingly familiar.

About the author:

George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Tenth of December was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize. He has received MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships and the PEN/Malamud Prize for excellence in the short story, and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

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