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George Saunders Wins Man Booker Prize For 'Lincoln In The Bardo'

It's the second year in a row that an American writer has taken home the prestigious literary award.
Author George Saunders poses with his book Lincoln in the Bardo at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Monday. On Tuesday, he was announced as the winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. / CHRIS J RATCLIFFE / Getty Images

American author George Saunders has won the Man Booker prize for his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, a polyphonous meditation on death, grief and American history.

Saunders, widely lauded for his short stories, was considered the favorite to win the award. His novel

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