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  • Published: 21 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9781448104819
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

Civilwarland In Bad Decline

'An astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic and funny' Thomas Pynchon

The first ferocious, funny and unique collection of stories from George Saunders, winner of the inaugural Folio Prize


In his first collection, George Saunders' vision of our near future is as black and funny as you can get. He takes us on a trip to the shopping malls and theme parks and enviromental hazards that lie just around the chronological corner, introducing us to a gang of misfits and losers struggling to survive in an increasingly haywire world. Bizarre but familiar, fierce but always humane, these are stunningly original stories by a master of the form.

'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' Zadie Smith

'He makes the all-but-impossible look effortless. We're lucky to have him' Jonathan Franzen

'There is no-one better, no-one more essential' Dave Eggers

  • Pub date: 21 September 2017
  • ISBN: 9781448104819
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the Author

George Saunders

George Saunders was born in 1958 in Texas and trained as a geophysical engineer. In 1988, he obtained an M.A. in creative writing from Syracuse University and went on to teach on the MFA program. His works comprise several collections of short stories, including Tenth of December (2013)a novella, The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil (2005), a children's book, a book of essays, screenplays and travel pieces for GQ magazine. In 2006 Saunders was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2009 he received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in Rochester, US, with his wife and children.

Praise for Civilwarland In Bad Decline

“One of the few living masters of the [short story] genre”

Daily Telegraph

“Surreal and puncturing”

Margaret Atwood

“There is no author I recommend to people more often - for ten years I've urged George Saunders onto everyone and everyone.”

Dave Eggers

“[A] brilliant collection of short stories”

Philip Hensher, Mail on Sunday

“Strangely moving, hilariously unsettling, and unlike anything else you'll read this year”


“Hilarious but frightening, cruel yet compassionate...read the first pages of any story slowly and you'll realise how good he is”

Scotland on Sunday

“The debut of an exciting new voice in fiction...He's a savage satirist with a sentimental streak who delineates the dark underbelly of the American dream. Mr Saunders' satiric vision of America is dark and demented, also ferocious and very funny”

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

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