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Tenth of December

Tenth of December

Saunders, George, 1958-

From the undisputed master of the short story, George Saunders, comes a dazzling and disturbing new collection. His most wryly hilarious work to date, 'Tenth of December' illuminates human experience and explores figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations

Book. English.
Published London: Bloomsbury, 2013
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Statement of responsibility: George Saunders
ISBN: 140883734X, 9781408837344
Physical Description: 272 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject: Short stories.

Author note

At one point a geophysical engineer, MacArthur Fellowship winner George Saunders is an acclaimed writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children's books. His work includes the story collectionsCivilWarLand in Bad Decline, a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award,PastoraliaandIn Persuasion Nation, one of only three finalists for The Story Prize in 2006. He has also won prizes for his bestselling children's bookThe Very Persistent Gappers of Frip,has written a book of essays entitledThe Brain-Dead Megaphoneand his most recent collection,Tenth of December, is aNew York Timesbestseller. He currently teaches Creative Writing at Syracuse University, New York, and writes regularly forGQ,Harper'sandThe New Yorker, who in 2002 named him one of the 'Best Writers Under 40'. He lives in New York with his family.


A joyous, mad, brilliant, laugh-out-loud box of tricks from one of America's most daring writers. Delicious, delicious, delicious. I could read Saunders forever||Not since Twain has America produced a satirist this funny with a prose style this fine. Saunders is a morally passionate, serious writer, who perfectly expresses the madness of the times we live in. He will be read long after these times have passed||Again and again, Saunders demonstrates that wacky, subversive, formally strange writing is not only not contrary to our nation's capitalist spirit, it's the most natural and effective of responses to it. He makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have him||Saunders reads like Barthelme or Coover, and can be funnier than either||Surreal and puncturing||Saunders, as an American social and literary critic, may be shaping up as the Orwell of the millennium||An astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic, and funny||A multifaceted writer, very easy on the surface to pin down but incredibly difficult once you actually read him with any depth||Saunders is a writer of arresting brilliance and originality, with a sure sense of his material and apparently inexhaustible resources of voice ... Scary, hilarious and unforgettable||Like the illegitimate offspring of Nathanael West and Kurt Vonnegut ... Mr. Saunders's satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it is also ferocious and very funny

||Reading George Saunders is, it's safe to say, like no other literary experience. His satirical short stories are set in a kind of Lewis Carroll version of our world, only far, far darker ... surreal, rather moving and deeply angry||Both droll and acerbic, his tales cleverly blend slapstick with Orwellian alarm at a society unwilling to safeguard a common morality or independence of thought from the rapacity of an arrogant, aggressive, capitalist ethic||Riotously imaginative ... There's something so wildly magnanimous about these stories that you want to hit yourself for not thinking this creatively yourself and force them on everyone you meet for the good of mankind .. .Saunders has Kurt Vonnegut's gift of combining antique, high-flown ideas with a strong empathy. Even better, he does not have the sci-fi self-consciousness of Vonnegut||Dazzingly surreal stories about a failing America||Masterpieces of surrealist satire||Gripping ... Saunders takes a wry and uncompromising look at life in contemporary America, from everyday occurrences to the downright cruel and mind-boggling, providing quirky voices to bring his authentic stories to life. A strong collection from a master of the short story, it's not one to be missed||His sharp satire and visions of a dystopian future are tempered with warmth and humanity ... Somehow, Saunders forces the reader to consider our dysfunctional world without ever preaching. Every page is packed with laughs; astute observations with deep implications are never far away either ... This is a brilliant, trenchant and hilarious collection||His nuanced explorations of character are achieved with an impressively light touch||These are stories of integrity and authenticity, often wildly inventive. The raw nerve endings of these blue-collar tragedies are insulated by playfulness, humour and heart||

||Awesome||Relentless humor and beatific generosity of spirit keep his highly moral tales from succumbing to life's darker aspects||Stories with heft and heart told in a style that is genuinely daring ... Saunders rewrites smallness into greatness||A jaw-droppingly good selection of short stories from America's master storyteller||Masterful||A riotously imaginative collection of short stories, from one of the few living masters of the genre