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The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

Saunders, George

ISBN 10: 1594481520 / ISBN 13: 9781594481529
Published by Riverhead, 2005
Used Condition: Fine Soft cover
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First Edition (first printing). The first book-length story by the celebrated author of CIVILWARLAND IN BAD DECLINE and TENTH OF DECEMBER, the story of a country which is large enough for only one resident at a time -- which suddenly shrinks. Called an "Animal Farm for our times." Includes a small stick-on "tattoo" saying "The Reign of PHIL" laid in (not attached). Fine in pictorial wraps as issued. Signed and dated 2-28-17 by Saunders on the title page. Bookseller Inventory # 16971

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Title: The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil

Publisher: Riverhead

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the novel Lincoln in the Bardo and the story collection Tenth of December, a 2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction.

In a profoundly strange country called Inner Horner, large enough for only one resident at a time, citizens waiting to enter the country fall under the rule of the power-hungry and tyrannical Phil, setting off a chain of injustice and mass hysteria.

An Animal Farm for the 21st century, this is an incendiary political satire of unprecedented imagination, spiky humor, and cautionary appreciation for the hysteric in everyone. Over six years in the writing, and brilliantly and beautifully packaged, this novella is Saunders' first stand-alone, book-length work—and his first book for adults in five years.

 

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Welcome to Inner Horner, a nation so small it can only accommodate one citizen at a time. The other six citizens must wait their turns in the Short-Term Residency Zone of the surrounding country of Outer Horner. It's a long-standing arrangement between the fantastical, not-exactly-human citizens of the two countries. But when Inner Horner suddenly shrinks, forcing three-quarters of the citizen then in residence over the border into Outer Horner territory, the Outer Hornerites declare an Invasion In Progress--having fallen under the spell of the power-hungry and demagogic Phil.

So begins The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil. Fueled by Saunders's unrivaled wit, outlandish imagination, and incisive political sensibility, here is a deeply strange yet strangely familiar fable of power and impotence, justice and injustice--an Animal Farm for our times.

Praise for George Saunders Author of Pastoralia and Civilwarland in Bad Decline

"An astoundingly tuned voice--graceful, dark, authentic, and funny--telling just the kinds of stories we need to get us through these times."
--Thomas Pynchon

"Mr. Saunders writes like the illegitimate offspring of Nathanael West and Kurt Vonnegut. [His] satiric vision of America is dark and demented; it is also ferocious and very funny."
--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"A master of distilling the disorders of our time into fiction."
--Salon.com

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Read George Saunders's Essay, "Why I Wrote Phil"

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