My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir

My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir

Brian Turner


A battle memoir of bizarre literary good looks and gear from the acclaimed poet who wrote the poem “The damage Locker.”

In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the road of departure with a convoy of squaddies headed into the Iraqi desolate tract.

Now he lies wide awake every one evening beside his sound asleep spouse, imagining himself as a drone airplane, soaring over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam, Iraq and northerly eire, the killing fields of Cambodia and the loss of life camps of Europe.

In this breathtaking memoir, award-winning poet Brian Turner retraces his conflict experience―pre-deployment to strive against region, homecoming to aftermath. freed from self-indulgence or self-glorification, his account combines recollection with the imagination's efforts to make truth understandable. throughout time, he seeks parallels within the histories of others who've long gone to struggle, in particular his taciturn grandfather (World conflict II), father (Cold War), and uncle (Vietnam). Turner additionally bargains whatever that's really infrequent in a memoir of violent conflict―he sees throughout the eyes of the enemy, imagining his approach into the event of the "other." via all of it, he paints a devastating portrait of what it ability to be a soldier and a human being.

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