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Lincoln in the Bardo

(2017)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
Winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize

In his long-awaited first novel, American master George Saunders delivers his most original, transcendent and moving work yet. Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other, for no one but Saunders could conceive it.

February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved 11-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. God has called him home. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returned to the crypt several times alone to hold his boy's body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic historical framework into a thrilling supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

The 166-person full cast features award-winning actors and musicians, as well as a number of Saunders' family, friends, and members of his publishing team, including, in order of their appearance:

Nick Offerman as HANS VOLLMAN
David Sedaris as ROGER BEVINS III
Carrie Brownstein as ISABELLE PERKINS
George Saunders as THE REVEREND EVERLY THOMAS
Miranda July as MRS. ELIZABETH CRAWFORD
Lena Dunham as ELISE TRAYNOR
Ben Stiller as JACK MANDERS vJulianne Moore as JANE ELLIS
Susan Sarandon as MRS. ABIGAIL BLASS
Bradley Whitford as LT. CECIL STONE
Bill Hader as EDDIE BARON
Megan Mullally as BETSY BARON
Rainn Wilson as PERCIVAL "DASH" COLLIER
Jeff Tweedy as CAPTAIN WILLIAM PRINCE
Kat Dennings as MISS TAMARA DOOLITTLE
Jeffrey Tambor as PROFESSOR EDMUND BLOOMER
Mike O'Brien as LAWRENCE T. DECROIX
Keegan-Michael Key as ELSON FARWELL
Don Cheadle as THOMAS HAVENS
and Patrick Wilson as STANLEY "PERFESSER" LIPPERT
with Kirby Heyborne as WILLIE LINCOLN,
Mary Karr as MRS. ROSE MILLAND,
and Cassandra Campbell as Your Narrator.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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February 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
Author(s): George Saunders
ISBN: 1-4088-7174-2 / 978-1-4088-7174-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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March 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): George Saunders
ISBN: 1-4104-9747-X / 978-1-4104-9747-5 (USA edition)
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February 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
Author(s): George Saunders
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November 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
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February 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
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Title: Lincoln in the bardo
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ISBN: 1-4088-9725-3 / 978-1-4088-9725-6 (UK edition)
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October 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
Author(s): George Saunders
ISBN: 1-4894-1066-X / 978-1-4894-1066-5 (Australia edition)
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October 2017 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
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ISBN: 1-4894-1067-8 / 978-1-4894-1067-2 (Australia edition)
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March 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
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March 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo
Author(s): George Saunders
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February 2017 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
Author(s): George Saunders
ISBN: 0-553-39757-5 / 978-0-553-39757-4 (USA edition)
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February 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
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Author(s): George Saunders
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March 2017 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
Author(s): George Saunders
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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February 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel
Author(s): George Saunders
Publisher: Random House
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