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Roy Scranton’s War Porn

Date

Aug 06 2020

Time

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location

The Regulator Bookshop

720 9th St, Durham, NC 27705

Roy Scranton's War Porn

Community Conversation

Roy Scranton’s War Porn

Join us for a community conversation about author Roy Scranton’s recently released novel, War Porn. Scranton will be in conversation with Duke University Professor, author, and literary scholar Abdul Sattar Jawad. In War Porn, three lives fit inside one another like nesting dolls: a restless young woman at an end-of-summer barbecue in Utah; an American soldier in occupied Baghdad; and Qasim al-Zabadi, an Iraqi math professor, who faces the U.S. invasion of his country with fear, denial, and perseverance. As War Porn cuts from America to Iraq and back again, as home and hell merge, we come to see America through the eyes of the occupied, even as we see Qasim become a prisoner of the occupation. Through the looking glass of War Porn, Scranton reveals the fragile humanity that connects Americans and Iraqis, torturers and the tortured, victors and their victims.

Finally, A Realistic Iraq War Novel, Tom A. Peter, The New Republic

Review: ‘War Porn’ Widens the Field of Vision About the Costs in Iraq, Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

When the Hurlyburly’s Done: Roy Scranton’s ‘War Porn‘, Sarah Hoenicke, LARB

A Different Kind of Iraq Novel: ‘War Porn’, Adam Fleming Petty, The Millions

Right on Time, Five Years Later: Roy Scranton’s War Porn, Peter Molin, Time Now blog

A Veteran Novel That Finds No Redemption in War, Elliott Colla, The Intercept

The Supply and Demand of War, Matthew J. Hefti, Electric Literature

A music playlist compiled by Roy Scranton to accompany War Porn, for the Largehearted Boy Blog‘s “Booknotes”

Speakers

Roy Scranton

University of Notre Dame

Roy Scranton is the author of War Porn and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene, and co-editor of Fire and Forget: Short Stories from the Long War. His journalism, essays, and fiction have been published in The Nation, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Boston Review, and elsewhere. He holds…...

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Abdul Sattar Jawad

Duke University

Abdul Sattar Jawad (known also as 'Al-Mamouri') is an Iraqi-born Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He received a Ph.D in English Literature and Journalism, London's City University (UK). He has been a Barksdale Fellow at the University of Mississippi Honors College; a Visiting Professor…...

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