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Redeployment (2014)

por Phil Klay

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"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"--… (mais)
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I picked-up "Redeployment" after I heard so many good things through different people I follow. When I found the copy of the book in my second-hand bookstore, I bought it right away. I decided to read it as non-fiction in November, but the truth is that it is fiction.
This book takes on some of the hard truths that soldiers and Marines are returning from (and participating in.) Phil Klay avoids the temptation to create heroes or play politics. The narratives feel authentic and don’t waste time with background information or explanations. (Sometimes, as a non-American civilian, I would have needed some explanation, even though I did my military service a couple of decades ago.) Some of the narrators are more likable than others, and a couple is completely repellent. But they are never less than totally engaging. I had a little trouble with the acronyms again because I am unfamiliar with the U.S military jargon. But believe me, I think it is an interesting read. ( )
  AvigailRGRIL | Dec 28, 2020 |
This is exactly the kind of book about the Iraq War I've been hoping to read: a hard-eyed examination of patriotic rhetoric and the heroic masculine identity that draws people into war. While Phil Klay doesn't write the gorgeous prose of an Anthony Doerr or an Emily St. John Mandel, I get why Redeployment won the National Book Award. It tells a story we need to hear but are afraid to. It tells the real story of war and the women and men who suffer afterwards. Read this book. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
Brutal, beautiful, and wise. ( )
  elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
Reading these stories is a glimpse behind the news most of us read as our only connection to US military operations, in the Middle East of really anywhere. Klay captures the fear, the idiocy, the numbness, the dark humor and the way war both erases and heightens human connection. There's a variation in the tone and perspective of the stories that's welcome. Otherwise, the collection might seem too similar (the same story repeated). The language is as stripped down and utilitarian as a rifle -- no furbelows. Often, the stories end as if some essential paragraph has been snipped off. I came to like that. My only reason for not giving this a fifth star is that I wasn't really surprised by any of the stories. I knew something of the book (and Klay's well-deserved NBA win) and the writing was as expected. What I really love about reading is when my expectation is challenged by something especially remarkable and fine. ( )
  MaximusStripus | Jul 7, 2020 |
Would it be crazy if I said this was the best short story collection I've read since "Jesus's Son"? UH OH I think I feel that way! It reminded me of that book in that it got into the heads of a group of people you don't normally see in literary short fiction -- this time, Marines. Each story is so elegantly constructed, with pitch-perfect dialogue and a careful balance of introspection and bravado, often. I liked that the stories also encompassed a range of experience within that world, as well as a variety of civilians who brush against that world, from sex workers to artsy theater students who want to steal pain for their own uses. ( )
  nancyjean19 | Jun 3, 2020 |
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"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"--

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