Retrieving Bones Stories and Poems of the Korean War

ISBN-10: 0813526396
ISBN-13: 9780813526393
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 6/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The Korean War was a major event in American history. It marked an abrupt end to the euphoria Americans felt in the wake of victory in World War II and turned out to be the harbinger of disaster in Vietnam a decade later.Though three years of brutal fighting resulted in millions of casualties, the final truce line of 1953 corresponded almost exactly to the positions the opponents held when the fighting began. Back home, the returning veterans met with little interest in or appreciation of what they had endured. Consequently, literary responses to the Korean War did not find an eager readership. Few people, it seemed, wanted to read about what they perceived as a backwater war that possessed neither grand scale nor apparent nobility, a war that ended not with a bang, but a whimper.Yet an important literature has come out of the Korean War. As we mark the fiftieth anniversary of the war, these writings are well worth our attention. Many of the twelve stories and fifty poems assembled in Retrieving Bones have long been out of print and are almost impossible to find in any other source. The editors have enhanced this collection by providing maps, a chronology of the Korean War, and annotated lists of novels, works of nonfiction, and films. In a detailed introduction, Ehrhart and Jason discuss the milestones of the Korean War and place each fiction writer and poet represented into historical and literary contexts.Among the writers and poets are· James Lee Burke· Eugene Burdick· William Chamberlain· Rolando Hinojosa· Reg Saner· Vern Sneider· Stanford Whitmore· Keith Wilson

Ode for the American Dead in Asia
Map: East Asia
Map: Korea - July 27, 1953
Introduction: Historical and Literary Contexts
Introduction: The Writers and Their Works
Rice
A Long Way from Home
We Build Churches, Inc
Cold Day, Cold Fear
The Trapped Battalion
Hoengsong (from The Useless Servants)
Lost Soldier
Sailors at Their Mourning: A Memory
Graves
Indigenous Girls
A Matter of Price
From The Secret
Soldier's Leave
Korea Bound, 1952
Letter Home
The Soldiers
Shellshock
Combat Iambic
Trying to Remember People I Never Really Knew
Burning the Years
The Long March
The Eighth Army at Chongchon
The January-May 1951 Slaughter
Night Burial Details
Jacob Mosqueda Wrestles with the Angels
A Matter of Supplies
Native Son Home from Asia
The Man Without a Face
Zero Minus One Minute
Repository
Re-Runs
They Said
Flag Memoir
Korea 1953
The Korean
Without Laying Claim
I Remember
Pusan Liberty
Sure
The Day the Dam Burst
The Awakening
The Captain
... ganz in Waffen
Guerilla Camp
The Circle
The Girl
Waterfront Bars
December, 1952
Commentary
The Ex-Officer, Navy
Memory of a Victory
Works for Further Study
Chronology
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