My Life As A Foreign Country: A Memoir by Brian TurnerMy Life As A Foreign Country: A Memoir by Brian Turner

My Life As A Foreign Country: A Memoir

byBrian Turner

Paperback | October 6, 2015

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In 2003, Sergeant Brian Turner crossed the line of departure with a convoy of soldiers headed into the Iraqi desert. Now he lies awake each night beside his sleeping wife, imagining himself as a drone aircraft, hovering over the terrains of Bosnia and Vietnam, Iraq and Northern Ireland, the killing fields of Cambodia and the death camps of Europe.

In this breathtaking memoir, award-winning poet Brian Turner retraces his war experience—pre-deployment to combat zone, homecoming to aftermath. Free of self-indulgence or self-glorification, his account combines recollection with the imagination's efforts to make reality comprehensible. Across time, he seeks parallels in the histories of others who have gone to war, especially his taciturn grandfather (World War II), father (Cold War), and uncle (Vietnam). Turner also offers something that is truly rare in a memoir of violent conflict—he sees through the eyes of the enemy, imagining his way into the experience of the "other." Through it all, he paints a devastating portrait of what it means to be a soldier and a human being.

Brian Turner is the author of the memoir My Life as a Foreign Country and the poetry collections Here, Bullet, and Phantom Noise. He directs the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.
Title:My Life As A Foreign Country: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.2 × 5.5 × 0.52 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:039335184X

ISBN - 13:9780393351842

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Editorial Reviews

Violence . . . mingles by metaphor with dreams, eroticism, history, classical poetry, until the borders between individuals and worlds melt away. — George Packer (The New Yorker)Turner’s poetic gaze irradiates his world. . . . [His] memoir is beautiful, electrifying and full of pain. — Roxana Robinson (Washington Post)Brian Turner has given us not so much a memoir as a meditation, rendered with grace and wit and wisdom. If you want to know what modern soldiers see when they look at their world, read this book. — Larry Heinemann, author of Paco’s Story, winner of the National Book AwardMoments of candor and existential longing break open to expose a world of truths…Brian Turner is a born storyteller. — Yusef Komunyakaa, author of Neon Vernacular, winner of the Pulitzer PrizeThe psychological consequences of war are movingly portrayed… [a] standout. — Publishers WeeklyOne of the most important memoirs to come out of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan… exceptional. — Caleb Cage (The Rumpus)