Man Booker Prize: George Saunders wins for Lincoln in the Bardo

Not only has a historical novel won the Booker Prize this year (that’s not uncommon), but one with distinct speculative elements as well – in fact I’d say that with the large dose of the supernatural in the book, it’s practically a historical fantasy book – but of course it won’t be shelved as fantasy by any bookshop.

Saunders has also been published in Best of Science Fiction and Fantasy anthologies in the past so I think to some extent he is a genre writer – although I don’t think any writer should be limited to a category as such.

Anyway as a fan of realistic and fantastical historical fiction, I must say I am very pleased to see this book win!

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