9th Ave: Roy Scranton's War Porn

Monday, August 15, 2016 - 7:30pm

This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.

 

 

Colby Buzzell in conversation with Roy Scranton about his debut novel, War Porn.

 

Praise for Roy Scranton:

 

“What impresses is the brutal immediacy of the writing, its authority. Roy Scranton is a truth telling war writer." -- E.L. Doctorow, author of Ragtime

 
“I have never read a book like War Porn. Roy Scranton writes with unnerving power. There is much to admire here—the meticulous craftsmanship, the hysterical comic passages, the way the sheer audacity of vision is matched at every turn by the innovative skill to carry it out—but what I'm left with at the end is difficult to put into words. It's intense and troubling. It's what all truly excellent literature leaves you with. A sense of something shattering." -- Phil Klay, author of Redeployment
 
“War Porn is dire, savage, and brilliant, a simmering fever-dream of a novel that's as pure and true in its vision of the long war as anything I've read. Roy Scranton is merciless—and why should he be anything but? War's corruption soaks through every layer of life, and War Porn drives home that truth with unflinching, and ultimately harrowing, honesty.” -- Ben Fountain, author of Billy Flynn's Long Halftime Walk

 

 

About War Porn:

 

The term war porn refers to videos and images brought back from combat zones. IED explosions, air strikes, firefights, images of death and gore largely shorn of context, at times even evidence of potential war crimes (most famously, the photos of detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib). 


War porn is also, in Scranton's searing debut, a metaphor for the fragmentation and confusion of modern combat, the broken shards of experience that form the wartime experiences of soldiers and civilians alike. The three sections of "War Porn" fit inside one another like nesting dolls: from an end of summer barbecue in the American Southwest; to the perspective of a young US soldier in the early months of the occupation of Iraq; to the story of Qasim al-Zabadi, an Iraqi math professor who faces the American invasion with a blend of fear, denial, and perseverance. Through the eyes of the occupiers, we watch Qasim become an interpreter for US forces, then prisoner and victim. As the scene switches from America to Iraq and back again, as home and hell merge, Qasim reveals the fragile humanity that connects occupier and occupied, torturer and tortured.

 

War Porn Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781616957155
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Soho Press - August 2nd, 2016

"One of the best and most disturbing war novels in years."
--The Wall Street Journal


Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780872866690
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: City Lights Books - October 6th, 2015

"In Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, Roy Scranton draws on his experiences in Iraq to confront the grim realities of climate change. The result is a fierce and provocative book."--Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History


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