Bardo follows the journey of Ah Quan, a good man who has descended into crime and now waits in prison for execution. An encounter with a mysterious inmate causes him to experience events from alternative timelines. Learning that his son is in danger, Ah Quan escapes to protect his family only to discover he is a pawn in a much larger game. Blending Taiwanese aboriginal mysticism and karmic destiny, Bardo – which describes state of existence between life and death – is Ah Quan's search for redemption.
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Lincoln in the Bardo is a 2017 experimental novel by American writer George Saunders. It is Saunders's first full-length novel and was the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller for the week of March 5, 2017. Saunders is better known for his short stories, reporting, and occasional essays. The novel takes place during and after the death of Abraham Lincoln's son William “Willie” Wallace Lincoln and deals with the president's grief at his loss. The bulk of the novel, which takes place over the course of a single evening, is set in the bardo—an intermediate space between life and rebirth. Lincoln in the Bardo received critical acclaim, and won the 2017 Man Booker Prize. Time magazine listed it as one of its top ten novels of 2017.
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Saunders did not originally intend to write a novel (and had avoided doing so in the past), but the story of Lincoln cradling his son's body stayed with him, and he eventually decided to write about it. The novel began as a single section, and was fleshed out over time. To produce the book, Saunders conducted extensive research on Lincoln and the Civil War, consulting, among other books, Edmund Wilson's Patriotic Gore (1962). Saunders rearranged historical sources to get at the “necessary historical facts”, and included excerpts from them in the novel. Many of these sources are cited in the book, along with some fictional ones. Saunders has said that he was “scared to write this book.” He worried about his ability to portray Lincoln, but decided that limiting his characterization to a single night made the writing process “not easy, but easier, because I knew just where he was in his trajectory as president.” Given that his work is generally set in the present, Saunders compared writing a novel set in 1862 to “running with leg weights” because he “couldn't necessarily do the voices that [he] would naturally create”.
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