Posts Tagged: war


The Rumpus Interview with Anuk Arudpragasam


Anuk Arudpragasm discusses his debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage, the bombing of civilians during the war in Sri Lanka, documenting war crimes, and powerful Tamil women. ...more

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Leaving Aleppo: Crossing Syria’s Most Dangerous Checkpoints


After four years of ceaseless bombing and brutality, the security of life itself has been reduced in Aleppo to horror, terror, and scarcity of basic human resources. ...more


The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Anne Raeff


Married authors Anne Raeff and Lori Ostlund, both winners of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, discuss their craft, their process, and the way they negotiate the give and take involved in sharing a vocation. ...more

Soldiers-Turned-Authors on War Literature


For NPR Books, Quil Lawrence talks with a handful of soldiers-turned-authors about the genre of war literature that has been catalyzed by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These authors want their audiences to know that war is not all Hollywood-scale battle scenes, and warn against the glamorization of war stories and hero-worshipping of veterans.


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Letters to Laura from a McDonald’s in Brooklyn


Tonight my loneliness is infinite and I could eat dinner or dance with my limbs wild because there is no gravity keeping me grounded. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Whitney Terrell


Whitney Terrell discusses war, gender, and fiction vs. reality in his new novel, The Good Lieutenant, about a female soldier in Iraq. ...more

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Rumpus Original Fiction: Rhino Girl


But these were not men, she realized. They were a cackle of spotted hyena, bright-toothed in the dark, and they were laughing at her. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Chanan Tigay


Author Chanan Tigay discusses the complicated man at the heart of The Lost Book of Moses, the anxieties of writing true stories, how much to withhold from your reader—and tells a few jokes about creative nonfiction. ...more

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War Narratives #6: The Rumpus Interview with Phil Klay


When you’re writing fiction, you can follow your own ignorance. You can write something and realize how flawed you are. ...more

A Blind Eye to History


At Aeon, Robert Neer discusses the particular absence of military history from American universities. While general history courses cover the overall societal impact of some military campaigns and political science covers the effect of military action on government, Neer notes a lack of scholarship (and scrutiny) from academics on military action since the Vietnam War.


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The Rumpus Interview with Bruce Bauman


Bruce Bauman discusses his latest book, Broken Sleep, why rock isn’t dead (yet), how humor makes life bearable, and why we should reinstate the draft. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Anthony Marra


Anthony Marra discusses his latest book, The Tsar of Love and Techno, how humor affects literature, how absurdity affects war, and what makes the perfect mixtape. ...more


Fresh Comics #8: John Black’s Body


In the imagined scenario wherein my apartment burns to the ground and I lose all my worldly possessions, there are just a few things I would miss—family photographs (of course), an old wooden trunk my grandmother reupholstered and that I used to store my toys as a child, and the book, John Black’s Body.




The Rumpus Interview with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian


Atossa Araxia Abrahamian on her new book The Cosmopolites, the citizenship market, nearly getting deported in the Comoros, and learning to show up and wait. ...more

On Refugees, and Refusing to Be Scared


The news that governors are suddenly deciding that they don’t want to welcome Syrian refugees has really driven home to me just how cowardly much of this country is. We talk tough, mind you, but when we’re asked to really open ourselves up to something, we refuse.


Meet the Civilians

War Narratives #4: Meet the Civilians


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

A Figurative Recovery from War


In his review for Hyperallergic of a new MOMA exhibit, Thomas Micchelli writes about the work of artists during and immediately after their experiences in World War II. In the exhibit, Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War, Micchelli claims that the 20th century art historical record finally will be reconciled with the inclusion of figurative art from this period.


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Red Dawn


But perhaps we were like people everywhere, trying to find some meaning in our existence, and an outside threat gave us both meaning and existence. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Colin D. Halloran


Writer and former US Army infantryman Colin D. Halloran on his new collection, Icarian Flux, how he used experimental narrative to explore his life with PTSD, and why he doesn't want to be known only as a "war poet." ...more

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Song in the Subjunctive


Perhaps the city looked more poignantly lovely because I was conscious of its tragic history. ...more

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The Rumpus Interview with Lidia Yuknavitch


Lidia Yuknavitch discusses her latest book, The Small Backs of Children, war, art, the chaos of experience, and that photograph of the vulture stalking the dying child in the Sudan that won the Pulitzer Prize. ...more