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Fox 8

A Story

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lincoln in the Bardo, a darkly comic short story about the unintended consequences unleashed by our quest to tame the natural world-featuring gorgeous black-and-white illustrations by Chelsea Cardinal.

Fox 8 has always been known as the daydreamer in his pack, the one his fellow foxes regard with a knowing snort and a roll of the eyes. That is, until he develops a unique skill: He teaches himself to speak "Yuman" by hiding in the bushes outside a house and listening to children's bedtime stories. The power of language fuels his abundant curiosity about people-even after "danjer" arrives in the form of a new shopping mall that cuts off his food supply, sending Fox 8 on a harrowing quest to help save his pack.

Told with his distinctive blend of humor and pathos, Fox 8 showcases the extraordinary imaginative talents of George Saunders, whom The New York Times called "the writer for our time."
George Saunders is the author of nine books, including the novel
Lincoln in the Bardo, which won the Man Booker Prize, and the story collections
CivilWarLand, Pastoralia, and
Tenth of December, the latter a finalist for the National Book Award. He has received fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2013 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction and was included in
Time’s list of the one hundred most influential people in the world. He teaches in the creative writing program at Syracuse University.
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Seitenzahl 57
Erscheinungsdatum 13.11.2018
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-984818-02-7
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 18,3/12,8/1,5 cm
Gewicht 162 g
Illustrator Chelsea Cardinal
Verkaufsrang 1097
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A fox's written message to all of us Yumans

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."


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