Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival
Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival

George Saunders

in conversation with
Sinéad Gleeson

Date: Monday March 13th
Venue: dlr LexIcon, The Studio
Time: 8pm
Cost: €12 / €10 Concession
Age: Adults

Lincoln in the Bardo is the extraordinary first novel by George Saunders, an author best-known for his brilliantly sharp short stories. The American Civil War rages while President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son lies gravely ill. Soon after, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From this seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself trapped in a transitional realm – called, in Tibetan tradition, the bardo – and as ghosts mingle, squabble, gripe and commiserate, and stony tendrils creep towards the boy, a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Unfolding over a single night, Lincoln in the Bardo is written with George Saunders' inimitable humour, pathos and grace. Here he invents an exhilarating new form, and is confirmed as one of the most important and influential writers of his generation.

Saunders will be interviewed by journalist and author Sinéad Gleeson, presenter of RTÉ's The Book Show.

George Saunders