A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

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Price
$28.00  $26.04
Publisher
Random House
Publish Date
Pages
432
Dimensions
6.7 X 9.5 X 1.3 inches | 1.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781984856029

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About the Author

George Saunders is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of ten books, including Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize; Congratulations, by the way; Tenth of December, a finalist for the National Book Award; The Braindead Megaphone; and the critically acclaimed short story collections CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, Pastoralia, and In Persuasion Nation. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.

Reviews

"Saunders is a gentle giant in American letters whose fiction frequently champions the downtrodden and satirizes a society rife with economic inequality. . . . [A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is] an analysis of classic Russian fiction that doubles as an introductory seminar on the mechanics of short stories--namely, how do they work and why? . . . Why does fiction matter now? The answer, Saunders finds, lies in understanding reading to be a kind of life skill--for understanding our position in the world, for arbitrating truth."--The Wall Street Journal

"This book is a delight, and it's about delight too. . . . [A Swim in a Pond in the Rain is] very different from just another 'how to' creative writing manual, or just another critical essay. . . . One of the pleasures of this book is feeling [Saunders's] own thinking move backwards and forwards, between the writer dissecting practice and the reader entering in through the spell of the words, to dwell inside the story."--The Guardian

"Saunders discusses each story's structure, energy flow, the questions it raises, and how "meaning is made," embracing both technical finesse and the mysteries at creation's core. . . . An invaluable and uniquely pleasurable master course and a generous celebration of reading, writing, and all the ways literature enriches our lives."--Booklist (starred review)

"A master of contemporary fiction joyously assesses some of the best of the nineteenth century."--Kirkus Reviews

"[A] true gift to writers and serious readers . . . With infectious enthusiasm and generosity of spirit, Saunders delves into seven stories that he calls the 'seven fastidiously constructed scale models of the world.' . . . While the genesis of A Swim in a Pond in the Rain can be found in the creative writing classroom--and writers at any level of their careers will glean priceless pearls from nearly every page--the genius of Saunders's book, and his clear intention in offering it up, is to elucidate literature for the engaged reader, deepening the reading experience. It is also a blueprint for a greater engagement with humanity."--BookPage

"Superb mix of instruction and literary criticism . . . Saunders's generous teachings--and the classics they're based on--are sure to please."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The subtitle to this exhilarating and erudite work of non-fiction by the Booker Prize­winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December is: "In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life." In it, one of the greatest short story writers of our time draws on his own love of Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Gogol--and on his joy in teaching them to his MFA students at Syracuse University. The result is a worship song to writers and readers."--O: The Oprah Magazine