Author(s): Saunders, George
A couple live and work in a caveman theme-park, where speaking is an instantly punishable offence. A born loser attends a self-help seminar where he is encouraged to rid himself of all the people. And a male exotic dancer and his family are terrorised by their decomposing aunt who visits them with a solemn message from beyond the grave.
PASTORALIA was published to huge literary acclaim, establishing George Saunders, one of the NEW YORKER's twenty writers for the twenty-first century, as one of the most hypnotic and original voices of contemporary fiction. 'A cause of delight with a sense of humour half-way between Beckett and Monty Python, Saunders is an anarchic satirist who draws us into a near-future both surreally strange and utterly recognisable sharp and blackly comic' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'So spot on that you have to stop every now and again to sigh with delight this stuff is gold dust fiercely inventive, unforgettably funny and sentimental in all the right places' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY
'Saunders is an astoundingly tuned voice - graceful, dark, authentic and funny - telling just the kind of stories we need to get us through these times' Thomas Pynchon
George Saunders is the author of CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and a NEW YORK TIMES Notable Book of the year. He teaches Creative Writing at Syracuse University.