Missionaries

Author:   Phil Klay
Publisher:   Canongate Books Ltd
Edition:   Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
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9781838852320


Pages:   416
Publication Date:   06 October 2020
Format:   Paperback
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Neither Mason, a US Special Forces medic, nor Lisette, a foreign correspondent, has emerged from America's long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan unscathed. Yet, for them, war still exerts a terrible draw - the noble calling, the camaraderie, the life-and-death stakes. Where else in the world can such a person go? All roads lead to Colombia, where the US has partnered with the local government to stamp out a vicious civil war and keep the predatory narco gangs at bay. Mason is ready for the good war, and Lisette is more than ready to cover it. A novel of extraordinary suspense, Missionaries is an astonishment whose unsparing drama is infused with a rare wisdom about the human heart.

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Author:   Phil Klay
Publisher:   Canongate Books Ltd
Imprint:   Canongate Books Ltd
Edition:   Export/Airside - Export/Airside/Ireland
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 3.00cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.500kg
ISBN:  

9781838852320


ISBN 10:   1838852328
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   06 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Brilliant * * Sunday Telegraph * * Will simultaneously break your heart and give you reasons to hope -- BEN FOUNTAIN After the first reading I immediately began the second . . . Truly haunting, and truly, indisputably, brilliant -- NIALL GRIFFITHS Achingly beautiful * * Financial Times * * One of the great story collections of recent times -- COLUM McCANN Incendiary stories of war . . . Redeployment is the real thing - a vivid and vital battery of war stories that does not rely solely on its subject matter for impact (although, make no mistake, the subject certainly has impact) . . . A must-read * * Guardian * * Searing . . . Gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war. Gritty, unsparing and fiercely observed * * New York Times * * Praise for Redeployment: Redeployment is a quick but powerful and, for me, painful set of stories about the experience of ordinary soldiers in Iraq -- BARACK OBAMA What happens when a novel becomes more than a novel? It becomes a prophecy. Phil Klay has written a prophecy -- ELLIOT ACKERMAN Missionaries is an urgent, detailed, compassionate and quietly furious novel about America and her Forever Wars. Intensely readable, exciting, funny and heartbreaking - it will change you -- A.L. KENNEDY


Brilliant * * Sunday Telegraph * * Will simultaneously break your heart and give you reasons to hope -- BEN FOUNTAIN After the first reading I immediately began the second . . . Truly haunting, and truly, indisputably, brilliant -- NIALL GRIFFITHS Achingly beautiful * * Financial Times * * One of the great story collections of recent times -- COLUM McCANN Incendiary stories of war . . . Redeployment is the real thing - a vivid and vital battery of war stories that does not rely solely on its subject matter for impact (although, make no mistake, the subject certainly has impact) . . . A must-read * * Guardian * * Searing . . . Gives the civilian reader a visceral feeling for what it is like to be a soldier in a combat zone, and what it is like to return home, still reeling from the dislocations of war. Gritty, unsparing and fiercely observed * * New York Times * * Praise for Redeployment: Redeployment is a quick but powerful and, for me, painful set of stories about the experience of ordinary soldiers in Iraq -- BARACK OBAMA What happens when a novel becomes more than a novel? It becomes a prophecy. Phil Klay has written a prophecy -- ELLIOT ACKERMAN Missionaries is an urgent, detailed, compassionate and quietly furious novel about America and her Forever Wars. Intensely readable, exciting, funny and heartbreaking - it will change you -- A.L. KENNEDY


A big, rich, clear-eyed book about death and life; wise, compassionate, and yes, as cynical as it needs to be when necessary, but full of vivid people caught up in that organised human violence which is our species' haunting passion. I've maybe never read a war novel this good -- AYAD AKHTAR With Missionaries Klay, winner of the National Book Award in 2014, has dropped a novel on us of a muscular veracity as terrifying and important as it is rare in contemporary writing * * The Millions * * Takes a sober, aerial view of America's recent war-making . . . Its flashes of genius and beauty are entirely in its details -- Dwight Garner * * New York Times * * Beautiful, violent and almost perfect . . . Dark and thrilling . . . Masterful . . . Intricate and ambitious, it's a rich network of converging stories in which the plot itself becomes the destiny of its characters * * LA Times * * Missionaries is an urgent, detailed, compassionate and quietly furious novel about America and her Forever Wars. Intensely readable, exciting, funny and heartbreaking - it will change you -- A.L. KENNEDY Missionaries is a courageous book: it doesn't shy away, as so much fiction does, from the real world . . . Is there such a thing as a good war , like the one Mason seeks? Missionaries is skeptical at best; it does believe, however, in fiction's ability to illuminate these dark places. And so the novel goes on, undeterred, exploring and revealing whole human worlds that would remain inaccessible without it -- Juan Gabriel Vasquez * * New York Times Book Review * * Missionaries shook me to my core. Klay takes the reader into the heart of Colombian darkness; the abuses of power, the forgotten lives of girls and women and how quickly human dignity - and conscience - get eroded in extreme times. This is audacious, heartbreaking, epic fiction. It touched me greatly -- MARY COSTELLO Wrenching and insightful * * New Yorker * * Missionaries has a sweep and incisiveness to it I had almost forgotten novels were capable of. I haven't been so gripped by a book in years. It is immensely smart and far-seeing, and utterly unsparing. Extraordinary -- GARTH GREENWELL If Redeployment was about what happened when we ship wars abroad, then Missionaries is what happens when war comes roaring right back. Expansive, explosive, and epic -- MARLON JAMES


Author Information

Phil Klay is a veteran of the US Marine Corps. He served in Iraq during the surge and subsequently received an MFA from Hunter College. His work has featured in the New York Times, Tin House and Granta. He is co-host of the Manifesto! podcast and is the author of Redeployment, which was a New York Times bestseller and won the National Book Award. Missionaries is his first novel. @PhilKlay | philklay.com

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