Looking for War by Douglas Unger
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A debut collection of short fiction from the author of the novel Leaving the Land, a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Douglas Unger's fiction is sharp-edged and compelling, whether he's exploring his own boyhood on the street ("Autobiography") or the life of a student lab assistant who bonds with a burnt-out rhesus monkey ("Leslie and Sam") or the strange fate of a young woman who returns from a second honeymoon on a paradisiacal Brazilian island to succumb to a mysterious disease ("Tide Pool"). The collection is capped by the powerful novella "Looking for War," where a would-be war correspondent, whose older brother is a shell-shocked Vietnam vet, stumbles upon his own war in a grisly five-minute action in the jungles of Paraguay.

Douglas Unger is as sensitive and knowledgeable about matters of the heart as he is about war.

 

About Douglas Unger

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Douglas Unger, a professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is also the author of "El Yanqui" and "The Turkey War," and, most recently, "Voices from Silence: A Novel of Repression and Terror in Argentina,
 
Published April 1, 2004 by Ontario Review Pr. 150 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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“Cuban Nights” looks back at the career of an acclaimed American sculptor’s accidental gift of massive sculptures to Fidel Castro, while at the start of “The Writer’s Widow,” a Great American Writer is six feet under;

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In "Looking for War," an innocent question at a dinner party prompts the narrator to retreat into memories of war in Vietnam and Paraguay ("The smell of blood was everywhere, heavy, iron-filled, vaguely fishy, unmistakably human"), and bitterly judge the callous American insularity of his fellow ...

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