A Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, George Saunders
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A Swim in the Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

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Author: George Saunders

Narrator: Keith David , Glenn Close , Phylicia Rashad , George Saunders , Nick Offerman , Rainn Wilson , Bd Wong , Renée Elise Goldsberry

Unabridged: 14 hr 44 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Random House Audio

Published: 01/12/2021

Genre: Literary Criticism - Short Stories

Includes: Bonus Material

Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling, Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December, a literary masterclass on what makes great stories work, how to write them yourself, and what they can tell us about our world today.

In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he's been teaching for twenty years as a professor in the prestigious Syracuse University graduate MFA creative writing program. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.

Saunders approaches each of these stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. For the process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is as much a craft as it is a quality of openness and a willingness to see the world through new eyes.

Funny, frank, and rigorous, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain ultimately shows how great fiction can change a person's life and become a benchmark of one's moral and ethical beliefs.

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