Lincoln in the Bardo
The image stayed with Saunders, a celebrated short story writer who ultimately was moved to pen his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. It movingly imagines Lincoln’s night in the cemetery, tortured by both the loss of his son and the Civil War, and depicts a ghostly world shared by Willie and his fellow dead. The “bardo” of the title is a Tibetan Buddhist term for a kind of limbo.
Saunders discusses the best-selling book, winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for the best original novel in 2017. The event is co-presented by Rainy Day Books.