Redeployment: Life with Wars
Phil Klay’s latest book Redeployment is about the soldiers of America. Their total situation described in all over the book. Phil Klay has been outstanding while telling the story about Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.
Though the characters in this novel are unreal, their life stories are real. In some aspects, all of them connected by lots of lives. Phil Klay has observed the experiences of war survivors.
Redeployment is a tale of the fighting, surviving and living another life.
There are so many happenings in every phase of Phil Klay’s writing.
Surviving In the Wars
Iraq and Afghanistan was the critical base of Islamic Militancy. To finish their dominance, American soldiers invaded in there. A Colonel fights for his living. His family is waiting in the country. In another story, there is a national fighter who sacrifices his life to stop killing innocent people.
This story includes the story of a Lance Corporal who wants to free his friend from a secret burden. The guilt is small, but the charge was huge. The silly occurrences create a specific situation for those fighters. A young officer had to teach playing basketball to the Iraqi.
The army had to kill people who do not even know about the whereabouts of criminals. The story of their survival ends up with the ending of chapter one.
Living another Life
In the final part of Redeployment, the new life of soldiers described. They come back and live a life of pity. Their helplessness reminds of the war and the survivors. They can not but live a life with such regret. Religious teaching cannot remove the burden from their backs.
The observation by Phil Klay is undoubtedly beyond any admiration. He tells how the memories kill the soldiers gradually. If a reader wants to read something that has the amusement power of sorrow and survival, Redeployment is an excellent recommendation for him. The book is indeed something else than a book.
Astonishing and real
One of the things that I have learned since I started my career in this blog is that people tend to be wary of literary prizes. Not everyone is seduced by the claim that involves launching the conquest of a professional jury, carefully selected to tell the rest of mortals where we should look.
To me, however, the opposite happens to me. As a general rule, I prefer to entrust myself to the presumptuousness of the critics than to the vox pópuli.
Otherwise, perhaps it would never have ended up falling into the nets of a book like this, a collection of war-related stories and debut work written by an American ex-combatant who participated in the war in Iraq.
No thanks. But, as I said, a National Book Award is enough reason to bury my entrenched prejudices in a desert and unknown Arabian grave. Fortunately, the result has been more than satisfactory.
It only takes a look at the first story of the twelve that makeup Redeployment to realize that, as a kind soldier that was, Phil Klay knows a couple of tricks to disarm his opponent before he has time even to blink.
Although his style shows some signs of inexperience and his narrative tactics could describe as sober or even rudimentary (perceptible above all in the harsh, direct, arid and coarse language of the characters).
Klay’s stories efficiently fulfill the objective for which they have been conceived: on the one hand, to explore first-hand and from the point of view that has scarce precedents the most visceral experience of the conflict.
The physical and emotional consequences that it is capable of leaving or the enormous amount of moral, political and Ethics that are put on the table when addressing a topic that even today continues to be a cause of collective stinging in the conscience of the American people.
On the other hand, Klay seems to champion in Redeployment the firm intention to demolish specific topics and mystifications that persist in the perception that from the outside one has on the life in the army, recreating from personal experiences and stories of other ex-soldiers the rough day by day, the stark missions.
In general, the less idealized face of combat, but also giving space to other voices and unusual roles that make up a fantastic overall vision, not only of the war but of its permanent impact on those who are involved in it.
Throughout these twelve stories, very different in tone and intentions – although not in style, it must be said – Klay makes it clear that bombs and crossfire can make you lose more than just one leg: They can take away your faith, hope, future expectations or even the understanding of the world.
Special mention deserves that ‘Psychological operations,’ ‘Bodies,’ ‘Prayer from the blazing furnace’ or the owners ‘Redeployment,’ stories in which, making use of shocking black humor and without exhibiting at any time those recalcitrant boasts of patriotism to which not a few countrymen are inclined.
The American writer frankly explores the conflictive human relations and surprises entirely in his total ease when diving in the psychological dimension of his characters, almost always mired in resignation, anxiety, and terror.
Undoubtedly, the reading of this book has seemed an instructive, enriching, recommendable and worthy experience of its prize, an interpretation that also appears to have arrived at the appropriate moment, now that the so-called war against Islam remains burning. Do not lose sight of it.