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Redeployment

Author: Phil Klay
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 the title story, a soldier who has had to shoot dogs because they were eating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
War stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phil Klay
ISBN: 9781594204999 1594204993 1410470989 9781410470980
OCLC Number: 852221707
Awards: National Book Award for Fiction, 2014.
Description: 291 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Redeployment --
FRAGO --
After Action Report --
Bodies --
OIF --
Money as a weapons system --
In Vietnam they had whores --
Prayer in the furnace --
Psychological operations --
War stories --
Unless it's a sucking chest wound --
Ten kliks south.
Other Titles: Short stories.
Responsibility: Phil Klay.

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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 the title story, 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 Mortuary 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. Across nations and continents, Klay sets in devastating relief the two worlds a soldier inhabits: one of extremes and one of loss.

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