December 18, 2015


Redeployment by Phil Klay. 291pp. $26.95 The Penguin Press, 2014.   Our early twenty-first century desire for “reality” now seems inseparable from the inception of the war on terror. Just after 9/11, Ian McEwan confessed that he nearly lost faith in the novel, saying in an interview that he considered “abandoning fiction and concentrating on fact.” McEwan’s sentiment was shared by the publishing industry, as evinced by shams like James Frey and Greg Mortenson. Our “reality hunger,” as David Shields called it, expressed itself as a national obsession with soldiers, addicts, cops, and doctors, the human beings who seemed to […]