CivilWarLand in Bad Decline

by George Saunders
CivilWarLand in Bad Decline - George Saunders 6.84   6

Six short stories and a novella. Set in a dystopian near-future in which America has become little more than a theme park in terminal disrepair, they constitute a searching and bitterly humorous commentary on the current state of the American Dream.

Funny, sad, bleak, weird, toxic - the future of America as the Free Market runs rampant,the environment skids into disarray, and civilization dissolves into surreal chaos. These wacky, brilliant, hilarious and entirely original stories cue us in on George Saunder's skewed vision of the legacy we are creating. Against the backdrop of our devolvement, our own worst tendencies and greatest virtues are weirdly illuminated.


"CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" (Kenyon Review, 1992)
"Isabelle" (Indiana Review, 1994; reprinted in Harper's, 1994)
"The Wavemaker Falters" (Witness, 1993)
"The 400-Pound CEO" (Harper's, 1993)
"Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz" (The New Yorker, 1992)
"Downtrodden Mary's Failed Campaign of Terror" (Quarterly West, 1992)
"Bounty" (Harper's, 1995)

Release date January 1996

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