|Verlag||Random House LCC US|
|Maße (L/B/H)||18,3/12,8/1,5 cm|
|Abbildungen||2-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT|
Michaela Höher, Thalia-Buchhandlung Berlin
George Saunders is not only an acclaimed short story writer but also the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his novel "Lincoln in the Bardo", a rather challenging read. His little book "Fox 8" is so short they didn't even bother to number the pages. It's a letter written by a fox who has managed to learn "Yuman" by listening to a mother read to her "pups": "I listened to those music werds until the sun went down, when all of a suden I woslike: Fox 8, crazy nut, when sun goes down, werld goes dark, skedadle home, or else there can be danjer!" And yes, the whole letter is written in this kind of phonetic fox spelling which is hilarious as it is endearing. The setting is reminiscent of "Watership Down". The foxes' home, a forest, has been cut down to make space for a new Mawl and the adjacent Par King. With his letter to us, Fox 8 holds up the mirror to all our questionable human realities and behaviours. It may look like a children's book, but for all its humour it's very upsetting and very difficult to bear in places. It has the most beautiful illustrations, simple black and red line drawings in the style of the 1930s (a little like Noel Coward song book illustrations, a little like Saint-Exupéry and a little like Tolkien's Mr. Bliss). They complement this funny and heartbreaking little gem just perfectly. "By now I know that you Yumans like your Storys to end hapy? If you want your Storys to end happy, try being niser."