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    DescriptionPhil 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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    Title
    Redeployment
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Phil Klay
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 291
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594204999
    ISBN 10: 1594204993
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN, SST
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.2
    BIC subject category V2: FYB
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    DC21: 813.6
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    DC22: 813.6
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    DC22: 813/.6
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    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 81
    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
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    BISAC V2.8: FIC029000
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    B&T Merchandise Category: MKP
    LC classification: PS3611.L4423 A6 2014
    Publisher
    Penguin Press
    Imprint name
    Penguin Press
    Publication date
    04 March 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Phil Klay is a Dartmouth grad and a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served in Iraq during the Surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College, where he studied with Colum McCann and Peter Carey, and worked as Richard Ford's research assistant. His first published story, "Redeployment," appeared in "Granta"'s Summer 2011 issue. That story led to the sale of his forthcoming collection, which will be published in seven countries. His writing has also appeared in the "New York Times," the "New York Daily News," "Tin House," and in "The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012."
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    Dexter Filkins, "The New York Times Book Review" "[Klay captures] on an intimate scale the ways in which the war in Iraq evoked a unique array of emotion, predicament and heartbreak. In Klay's hands, Iraq comes across not merely as a theater of war but as a laboratory of the human condition in extremis. "Redeployment" is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad. It's the best thing written so far on what the war did to people's souls." Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times" "In "Redeployment," his searing debut collection of short stories, Phil Klay--a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, who served in Iraq during the surge--gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war. Gritty, unsparing and fiercely observed, these stories leave us with a harrowing sense of the war in Iraq as it was experienced, day by day, by individual soldiers." Kathryn Schulz, "New York Magazine" "An excellent, upsetting debut collection of short stories. Klay's own view is everywhere, existential and practical, at home and abroad, distributed with wonderful clarity of voice and harrowing specificity of experience among Army chaplains, enlisted men, Foreign Service officers, members of Mortuary Affair, and more." "The Wall Street Journal" "The influences behind Mr. Klay's writing go far beyond Iraq. At times "Redeployment" recapitulates the remarkably tender, self-conscious style that Tim O'Brien forged from his experiences in Vietnam...Mr. Klay is able to surprise and provoke....Mr. Klay gives a deeply disquieting view of a generation of soldiers reared on war's most terrible contradictions." "Entertainment Weekly" "Klay--a Marine who served during the surge--has an eye and an ear for a single searing line of dialogue or a scene of maddening dissonance that can pierce your soul....Klay brilliantly manages t