George Saunders wins The Folio Prize

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“The best short story writer in English – not ‘one of’, not ‘arguably’, but the Best.”  Time

George Saunders is tonight announced as the winner of The Folio Prize 2014 for Tenth of December, published by Bloomsbury.

MacArthur Fellowship winner George Saunders is an award-winning writer of short stories, essays, novellas and children’s books. Selected from a ‘hugely impressive shortlist’ (David Sexton, Evening StandardTenth of December is a dazzling and disturbing collection of short stories that illuminate human experience and explore figures lost in a labyrinth of troubling preoccupations.

The Folio Prize 2014, worth £40,000, aims to recognise and celebrate the best English-language fiction from around the world, published in the UK during a given year, regardless of form, genre or the author’s country of origin. It is the first major English-language book prize open to writers from all over the world. This is the inaugural year.  The Folio Prize is sponsored by The Folio Society, the celebrated publisher of beautiful editions of the world’s greatest books.

The full press release can be read here.

 

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