The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders

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From the New York Times bestselling author of 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.




 

About George Saunders

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George Saunders is the author of Tenth of December; In Persuasion Nation; The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil; Pastoralia; CivilWarLand in Bad Decline; The Braindead Megaphone; and a children's book, The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip. His work appears regularly in the New Yorker, Harper's and GQ. In 2006, he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."
 
Published September 6, 2005 by Riverhead. 134 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He imposes an onerous tax on the citizens of Inner Horner whenever they enter Outer Horner (where at least some of their body parts invariably intrude), thus turning victims into criminals.

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A bitter, uncharismatic - though articulate - demagogue called Phil arises, challenging a fatuous president who appears to have tumbled out of his own Harold Pinter play.

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The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil by George Saunders 359pp, Bloomsbury, £10.99 Not counting The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, an illustrated children's fable, George Saunders's last UK publication was the superb short-story collection Pastoralia, six years ago.

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Alan Cheuse reviews George Saunders's first full-length novel, a political satire called The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil.

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The half dozen other Inner Horner citizens have to wait their turn to occupy their own country in a place called the Short-Term Residency Zone, located in the decidedly more spacious nation of Outer Horner.

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