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By Mark A. Heberle

A Trauma Artist examines how O'Brien's works variously rewrite his personal traumatization in the course of the battle in Vietnam as a endless fiction that mockingly "recovers" own event via either recapturing and (re)disguising it. Mark Heberle considers O'Brien's profession as a author in the course of the prisms of post-traumatic rigidity affliction, postmodernist metafiction, and post-World warfare II American political uncertainties and public violence.

Based on fresh conversations with O'Brien, formerly released interviews, and new readings of all his works via 1999, this publication is the 1st learn to be aware of the position and illustration of trauma because the relevant concentration of all O'Brien's works, no matter if positioned in Vietnam, in post-Vietnam the United States, or within the mind's eye of protagonists suspended among the 2. by way of doing so, Heberle redefines O'Brien as an incredible U.S. author of the past due 20th century whose representations of self-damaging stories and narratives of restoration signify not just the battle in Vietnam but additionally relationships among fathers and sons and males and females within the post-traumatic tradition of the modern United States.

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