Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs" by Anna Badkhen

As fiction, film and documentary writing now evidence more and more commentary on American instigated conflicts in the Middle East, some are also surprisingly rich with cultural information. This book is a gritty, not at all unexpected. and informative addition to the list of titles. And the full title is provocative: Peace Meals:Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories (Free Press, 2010).

Vietnam era fiction, memoires and films were mostly violent and heart-breaking. Only a few written by Vietnamese authors used food as a strong motif. Badkhan's succeeds with chapter titles that are alluring. Examples: Kebab Diaries, Vodka at Gunpoint, and Lobster in Tikrit.

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