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Book Overview: Redeployment

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 has 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.

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

"Redeployment is hilarious, biting, whipsawing and sad. It's the best thing written so far on what the war did to people's souls." --Dexter Filkins, The New York Times Book Review

Selected as one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post Book World, Amazon, and more

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PublisherPenguin Books
Publication Date2015-02-24
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Phil Klay is a distinguished American author, renowned for his astute depiction of modern warfare and its aftershocks. Born in 1983 in Westchester, New York, Klay's passion for literature led him to pursue a degree in Creative Writing and History at Dartmouth College. His aspirations were not confined to the campus as he served as a U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Officer from 2005 to 2009, with a tour in Iraq that powerfully informed his writing. Klay’s literary debut, "Redeployment," garnered widespread acclaim, winning the National Book Award for Fiction in 2014. His firsthand experience in Iraq infuses his stories with authenticity and depth, showcasing the psychological impact of war on soldiers. His writing places an unflinching focus on the often-overlooked human element in war, earning him accolades from critics and readers alike. In addition to his power-packed debut, Klay has contributed to various noteworthy publications, including The New Yorker and The New York Times. His sharp insights on warfare, woven with profound tales of battle and beyond, have established him as a commanding voice in contemporary literature. Phil Klay's fusion of military experience and literary prowess makes him an indispensable contributor to the important discourse about the ramifications of war.

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