THE KOJO NNAMDI SHOW: George Saunders Introduces Us To 166 Singular Ghosts, And Another Side Of President Lincoln

One of the most highly regarded books of 2017, “Lincoln In The Bardo” was awarded the Man Booker Prize this fall. The unconventional novel is an extraordinary rendering of the afterlife, a meditation on a country divided, and a searing portrait of a president’s personal grief. Did we mention it can also be really funny? There’s a reason why people are paying pilgrimage to the cemetery in Georgetown where the story takes place. George Saunders tells us how he re-imagined no less than President Abraham Lincoln, while the Executive Director of Lincoln’s Cottage in D.C.–the summer home of President Lincoln–helps us navigate the facts from that beautifully wrought fiction.

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