Guided by a 70-year-old Italian man in rope-soled shoes, three American soldiers are sent on a reconnaissance mission up the side of a steep hill that they discover, before very long, to be a mountain. And the old man's indeterminate loyalties only add to the terror and confusion that engulf them on that mountain, where they are confronted with the horror of their own time - and then set upon by a sniper.
Taut and propulsive - with its spare language, its punishing landscape, and the keenly drawn portraits of the three young soldiers at its center - Peace is a feat of economy, compression, and imagination, a brutal and unmistakably contemporary meditation on the corrosiveness of violence, the human cost of war, and the redemptive power of mercy.
©2008 Richard Bausch; (P)2008 Tantor
"A bleak but compelling meditation on the moral dimensions of warfare." (Publishers Weekly)
"Every single word of Richard Bausch's beautiful, spare new novel Peace rings darkly, tragically true." (Richard Russo)
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