“His prose has an allegorical quality that is long on evocation and short on specifics. We have no idea why the war started, for example, or against whom it is being waged. We know only that it’s been great for business. The weather has gone haywire, though no reference is made to global climate change. The accounts assembled here read less like dispatches from America in particular, and more like the existential fables of an empire in decline.
The most striking symptom of this decline is a perverse merger of patriotism and consumerism.”
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Reviewer Steve Almond
Story Collection Brief Encounters with the Enemy (Dial Press, 2013) by Said Sayrafiezadeh
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