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Community Conversation: Roy Scranton's War Porn

November 18th, 2016
7:00 PM

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Friday, November 18, 2016

The Regulator Bookshop

7:00 - 8:00 pm

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.

Co-hosted by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and The Regulator Bookshop

About War Porn:

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 US 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.

Selected reviews:

The New Republic, August 2, 2016: "Finally, A Realistic Iraq War Novel", by Tom A. Peter
NYT, August 8, 2016: "Review: 'War Porn' Widens the Field of Vision About the Costs in Iraq", by Michiko Kakutani
LARB, August 16, 2016: "When the Hurlyburly's Done: Roy Scranton's 'War Porn'", by Sarah Hoenicke
The Millions, August 10, 2016: "A Different Kind of Iraq Novel: 'War Porn'", by Adam Fleming Petty
Time Now blog: "Right on Time, Five Years Later: Roy Scranton's War Porn". By Peter Molin
The Intercept, August 7, 2016: "A Veteran Novel That Finds No Redemption in War", by Elliott Colla
Electric Literature: "The Supply and Demand of War", by Matthew J. Hefti

A music playlist compiled by Roy Scranton to accompany War Porn, for the "Largehearted Boy" blog's "Booknotes"

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 ...

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