On Sale: March 4, 2014
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Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the
frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to
understand what happened there, and what happened to the
soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of
brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and
survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make
meaning out of chaos.
In "Redeployment", a
soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating
human corpses must learn what it is like to return to
domestic life in suburbia, surrounded by people "who have no
idea where Fallujah is, where three members of your platoon
died." In "After Action Report", a Lance Corporal
seeks expiation for a killing he didn't commit, in order
that his best friend will be unburdened. A Morturary
Affairs Marine tells about his experiences collecting
remains—of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers both. A chaplain
sees his understanding of Christianity, and his ability to
provide solace through religion, tested by the actions of a
ferocious Colonel. And in the darkly comic "Money as a
Weapons System", a young Foreign Service Officer is given
the absurd task of helping Iraqis improve their lives by
teaching them to play baseball. These stories reveal
the intricate combination of monotony, bureaucracy,
comradeship and violence that make up a soldier's daily life
at war, and the isolation, remorse, and despair that can
accompany a soldier's homecoming.
Redeployment is poised to become a classic in the
tradition of war writing. Across nations and
continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a
soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.
Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional
depth, this work marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented
new voices of his generation.
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