Lincoln in the Bardo

Lincoln in the Bardo


George Saunders

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When Hans Vollman refers to his coffin, he calls it his sick-box. In doing so, he avoids admitting that he is dead, instead spinning a harebrained narrative that enables him to indulge his sense of…

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The Iron Fence

In Lincoln in the Bardo, the majority of the characters are unable to go beyond an iron fence that marks the edge of their realm. Because they are otherwise unconstrained—capable of drifting through objects…

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