David Annand

Soldiers of Misfortune



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In 2014, the former US marine Phil Klay, who served in Iraq from 2007 to 2008, published Redeployment, a collection of twelve brilliant, brutal short stories that won him the National Book Award for Fiction. In these stories Klay offered up a huge range of different voices, from a self-reflective army chaplain to a host of damaged ground soldiers incapable of processing the enormity of their experiences. Redeployment provided evidence that Klay was not simply a soldier who could write a bit, but a writer who happened to have gone to war.

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