In the wake of the destruction of precious cultural artifacts during the unrest in Iran and Syria, a quiet memoir from the queen of mystery, Agatha Christie, remembers the landscape and archeological legacy. The autobiographical Come, Tell Me How You Live never technically went out of print, but HarperCollins will re-release the book in time for Ms....more
Posts Tagged: Iraq
On Wednesday evening, Phil Klay’s Redeployment won the National Book Award for fiction, making it the first short story collection to win the award since Andrea Barrett’s Ship Fever in 1996. That’s 18 years. But what’s maybe more startling is that the collection, which takes multiple perspectives of people involved in and returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, stands nearly alone as a fictional account that has risen to the national level of attention since the war in Afghanistan began in 2003....more
The Islamic State of Iraq in Syria, known better as ISIS, has operated in Syria and Iraq since 2003 as an offshoot of al-Qaeda—at least until al-Qaeda disavowed any connection. The military organization is neither a political party nor religious group, though membership primarily consists of Sunni Muslims, the “orthodox” branch of Islam and the religion’s largest sect (Baghdad’s government contains mostly Shiite Muslims)....more
It was a cool, blue morning in Baghdad. I stood in the rubble of a bombed out building, a shell of what it had once been....more
A collection of linked stories set at Fort Hood convey the loneliness and strain experienced by military families....more
In Brock Clarke’s Exley, a boy tries to reunite with his father, and to sort out the difference between fact and fiction....more
On February 20, 2007, April Somdahl’s brother Sgt. Brian Rand shot himself near Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He had just returned from Iraq and was about to become a father.
Nearly everyday while Brian was deployed, April spoke with him over Yahoo chat....more
A new graphic novel translates Benjamin Percy’s short story about children of the Iraq war into brilliant color....more
Good morning! I’m up against a pretty nasty deadline, so blogging might be a bit light today. In the meantime, here’s some links for you from the book blogs.
What is the state of reading among the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan?...more
A new book about a soldier who murdered his girlfriend examines the similar traumas of combat veterans and Katrina survivors....more
Two authors, one dinner table. Joshua Mohr talks to Joe Meno about The Great Perhaps, fundamentalism, and why George W. Bush’s sentences are so short....more
Ana Menendez’s new novel, The Last War, deals with Iraq, infidelity, self-deception, and exile....more
From Frieze Magazine: “As reported by the BBC, the Guardian, the Associated Press, Newsweek, The Nation, Mother Jones, SPIN and others (while mocked by right-wing columnists from the Chicago Tribune and The New York Sun), Western pop music has been employed to disorient, ‘prolong capture shock’ and ‘break’ detainees into confession, often through a strategic mixture of high volume, repetition and cultural offensiveness....more