Writing War Fiction

October 7, 2012
(was 10.16.2011)


Sometimes the truth about war isn’t a headline in the newspaper or an in-depth report on the radio.  Sometimes, it takes fiction to tell the truth.  In this hour, this year’s best new novels about war.  A young adult writer tackles the story of children imprisoned at Guantanamo.  A graphic novel takes us inside Iran’s pro-democracy movement.  And Israeli novelist David Grossman talks about losing a son to war.

  1. Helen Benedict on Sand Queen

    Helen Benedict spent 3 years interviewing women soldiers in Iraq.  She was one of the first people to document the appallingly high rate of sexual assault American women soldiers were experiencing, from their fellow American soldiers.  Now she's written a novel, called Sand Queen, based on those interviews.

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    Average: 3.7 (6 votes)
  2. David Grossman on "To the End of the Land"

    From one of Israel's leading novelists, a gorgeous and searing story about war and grief.

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    Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
  3. Amir on "Zahra's Paradise"

    Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has vanished into an extrajudicial twilight zone.

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    Average: 2 (2 votes)
  4. Anna Perera on "Guantanamo Boy"

    Imagine being a 15-year old boy on vacation in Pakistan, kidnapped and transported to Guantanamo Bay.  Anna Perera's debut young adult novel focuses on the darker aspects of the war on terror.

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    Average: 3.8 (13 votes)