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.
Un soldat en Irak doit abattre des chiens qui se nourrissent de cadavres, puis, quelques mois après, reprendre place sur son canapé dans une banlieue résidentielle où femme et labrador l'attendent. Un marine affecté aux "Affaires mortuaires" identifie, transporte et inhume des combattants indistinctement Irakiens et Américains. Pendant ce temps, un jeune officier se voit assigner la tâche absurde d'améliorer la vie des civils en leur apprenant à jouer au base-ball. Dans Fin de mission, Phil Klay emmène le lecteur sur les lignes de front de l'Irak et de l'Afghanistan. Il cherche à comprendre ce qui s'est passé là-bas, mais aussi, surtout, comment vivent ceux qui sont rentrés. Entre brutalité et foi, culpabilité et peur, impuissance et besoin de survie, les vétérans cherchent un sens à donner au chaos auquel ils ont réchappé. Écrit avec un réalisme pur et dur, ce livre fait de Phil Klay l'une des nouvelles voix les plus talentueuses de sa génération.
THE BATTLE IS STAYING ALIVE; THE HEARTBREAK IS COMING HOME 'We shot dogs. Not by accident. We did it on purpose and we called it "Operation Scooby". I'm a dog person, so I thought about that a lot' So begins this unprecedented book about the human cost of war by former marine captain and Iraq veteran, Phil Klay.
Redeployment takes readers to the front lines 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. Written with a hard-eyed realism and stunning emotional depth, Redeployment marks Phil Klay as one of the most talented new voices of his generation.