War Porn

War Porn

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Videos, images, and narratives featuring violence, often brought back from combat zones, viewed voyeuristically or for emotional gratification. Such media are often presented and circulated without context, though they may be used as evidence of war crimes. War porn is also, in Roy Scranton's searing debut novel, a metaphor for the experience of war in the age of the War on Terror, the fracturing and fragmentation of perspective, time, and self that afflicts soldiers and civilians alike, and the global networks and face-to-face moments that suture our fragmented lives together. In War Porn three lives fit inside one another like nesting dolls: a restless young woman at an end-of-summer barbecue in Utah; an American soldier in occupied Baghdad; and Qasim al-Zabadi, an Iraqi math professor, who faces the US invasion of his country with fear, denial, and perseverance. As War Porn cuts from America to Iraq and back again, as home and hell merge, we come to see America through the eyes of the occupied, even as we see Qasim become a prisoner of the occupation. Through the looking glass of War Porn, Scranton reveals the fragile humanity that connects Americans and Iraqis, torturers and the tortured, victors and their victims"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York, NY : Soho Press, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781616957155
1616957158
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Oct 17, 2016

"Dark in here--what are y'all doing, looking at porn?"
"War porn," Aaaron said. "Wanna see?"
The provocatively titled "War Porn" joins the growing shelf of Iraq War literature, which also includes "Fobbit," "Redeployment," and "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," which is my favorite. "War Porn" is ambitious, as it splits its narrative up, spending time in Iraq and on the homefront, following a few major characters, including an Iraqi, which is the novel's boldest move. Author Roy Scranton is a war vet, so there's a power and authenticity to his writing, even if there's a familiarity to the narrative and a lack of focus at times.
"I didn't know what to do with nobody shooting at me."

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