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A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: From the Man Booker Prize-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo by [George Saunders]

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Praise for George Saunders: A morally passionate, serious writer ... He will be read long after these times have passed

George Saunders makes you feel as though you are reading fiction for the first time



What warm, kindhearted and radical writing. Such delicacy, such serious wit. I love it

Reading George Saunders is, it's safe to say, like no other literary experience (
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He makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have him



No one writes more powerfully than George Saunders about the lost, the unlucky, the disenfranchised (
NEW YORK TIMES)

Few people cut as hard or deep as Saunders does



A luminous feat of generosity and humanism (
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)

Saunders is a true original - restlessly inventive, yet deeply humane

Surreal and puncturing

Funny, poignant - in flashes, deeply moving - light as a feather and consistently weird
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From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December, a literary masterclass on what makes great stories work, how to write them yourself, and what they can tell us about our world today --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08HDJ1VJM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing; 1st edition (12 January 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 7235 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 521 pages
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George Saunders is the author of nine books, including Tenth of December, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the inaugural Folio Prize (for the best work of fiction in English) and the Story Prize (best short-story collection). He has received MacArthur and Guggen-heim 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublimely beautiful writing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 June 2021
What a joy to read this book. It’s sublime. Saunders takes you through a small collection of Russian short stories and explores the craft of writing in minute and spellbinding detail. There are stories by Chekhov, Tolstoy and Gogol included, and each story is printed in full so that you can first of all read it and reach your own conclusions and then compare your reactions to Saunders’ own.
There are fascinating insights into the writers’ lives. For example, did you know that Gogol was obsessed with noses, afraid of leeches abs could touch the top of his nose with his tongue? Or that his nickname at school was “the mysterious dwarf”? I didn’t either. Did you know Tolstoy had 13 children? (His poor wife). There’s so much humour, too. I laughed out loud.
There are also delightful comments about life in general which seem to speak to me: ‘Power is held by shitheads; virtuous people suffer unfairly. Happy, fortunate people, to whom everything has been given, preach positivity to sad, unlucky people, who were given nothing. We push the button labelled ‘I Need Help’ and one of those boxing gloves comes out and hits us in the face as the machine lets out a comic farting noise.’
Although I didn’t always agree with the author’s evaluations and deconstructions of the texts, I found his insights and analysis totally fascinating, and the experience of reading this book has made me: more aware of what I need to do to improve my writing (basically, revision and causation); more aware of the body of Russian literature that I need to read; burn with desire to attend a series of lectures with the author and engage with his teaching in greater depth. Which isn’t likely to happen. But that’s life.
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