Posts Tagged: David Abrams

War Narratives #4: Meet the Civilians


Each character achieves independence in his own way, but independence winds up looking a lot like loneliness. ...more


“Fobbit,” by David Abrams

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“The real war is unlikely to be found in novels,” writes the late Paul Fussell, in his book Wartime: Understanding and Behavior in the Second World War. He argues that novels are unlikely purveyors of wartime truth because on one hand, novels are poor vehicles for harsh wartime truths, and on the other hand, because war is so unique, and so separate from the larger civilian society, there is no real way for books to convey the true combat experience.


Abrams At The Millions


The Millions featured David Abrams in their Post-40 Bloomer column and chronicle the 49-year-olds long road to literary success.

Fobbit, Abrams’s first novel, came out from Grove/Atlantic on Sept. 4 and is “is a tale of the Iraq war that manages to be as dark as it is funny, which is to say considerably.” Abrams spent 20 years as a active duty Army journalist recounts his time in Irag as a fobbit, army speak for desk jockeys who stick close to the relative safe haven of a Forward Operating Base.