Has a B.S. in Geophysical Engineering, but today, is a professor of creative writing at Syracuse University. He regularly writes in "The New Yorker" and has a weekly column in the British daily, “The Guardian”. He is best known for his satirical tales, in which he frequently deals with the issues of consumerism and the degeneration of capitalism. His ironic approach, however, never lapses into cynicism, and always reveals a moral dimension and yearning. He won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004, and was runner-up in the O. Henry Awards in 1997. His first collection of stories CivilWarLand in Bad Decline was a finalist in the PEN/Hemingway Award competition in 1996. In 2007, his collection of stories In Persuasion Nation was a finalist for The Story Prize. His latest book, the collection of stories The Braindead Megaphone, was published in 2007. His work which has been published in Italy are: CivilWarLand in Bad Decline (Einaudi Stile Libero), Pastoralia (Einaudi Stile Libero) and The Very Persistent Gapers of Frip (Mondadori). George Saunders lives and works in Syracuse, New York.