Monday, January 30, 2017

Six top books on war and rebellion

Elliot Ackerman is the critically acclaimed author of the novels Dark at the Crossing and Green on Blue. He is based out of Istanbul, where he has covered the Syrian Civil War since 2013. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Repub­lic and The New York Times Magazine, among other pub­lications, and his stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. He is both a former White House Fellow and a Marine, and has served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart.

One of Ackerman's six favorite books on war and rebellion, as shared at The Week magazine:
Embers by Sándor Márai

This 1942 novel takes place during the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, as two old, estranged military school friends reunite for a once customary dinner. The dinner turns into a trial of sorts, as well as an examination of friendship, love, fidelity, and the fallout from the dissolution of old orders.
Read about another entry on the list.

Embers is among Anne Enright's five best books with love triangles and Arthur Phillips's five novels that make you feel like you might know something about life during the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire.

The Page 69 Test: Green on Blue.

My Book, The Movie: Green on Blue.

My Book, The Movie: Dark at the Crossing.

--Marshal Zeringue