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In the Neighborhood of Zero: A World War II Memoir
     

In the Neighborhood of Zero: A World War II Memoir

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by William V. Spanos
 

ISBN-10: 0803226810

ISBN-13: 9780803226814

Pub. Date: 04/01/2010

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska


Like so many soldiers of his generation, William V. Spanos was not much more than a boy when he went off to fight in World War II. In the chaos of his first battle, what would later become legendary as the Battle of the Bulge, he was separated from his antitank gun crew and taken prisoner in the Ardennes forest. Along with a procession of other prisoners of war,

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Like so many soldiers of his generation, William V. Spanos was not much more than a boy when he went off to fight in World War II. In the chaos of his first battle, what would later become legendary as the Battle of the Bulge, he was separated from his antitank gun crew and taken prisoner in the Ardennes forest. Along with a procession of other prisoners of war, he was marched and conveyed by freight train to Dresden. Surviving the brutal conditions of the labor camps and the Allies’ devastating firebombing of the city, he escaped as the losing German army retreated.
 
For Spanos, this was never a “war story.” It was the singular, irreducible, unnameable, dreadful experience of war. In the face of the American myth of the greatest generation, this renowned literary scholar looks back at that time and crafts a dissident, dissonant remembrance of the “just war.” Retrieving the singularity of the experience of war from the grip of official American cultural memory, Spanos recaptures something of the boy’s life that he lost. His book is an attempt to rescue some semblance of his awakened being—and that of the multitude of young men who fought—from the oblivion to which they have been relegated under the banalizing memorialization of the “sacrifices of our greatest generation.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803226814
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Departure and Border Crossings: Newport, New Hampshire, to Cheltenham, England, Spring 19431944

2. Captivity: Disintegration in the Ardennes Forest, December 10, 1944c. January 4, 1945

3. Arbeitskommando: RabenauDresden, c. January 5February 12, 1945

4. In the Neighborhood of Zero: Dresden, February 1314, 1945

5. Interlude: Dresden, February 18c. April 25, 1945

6. Persephone and the Beast: Brux, Czechoslovakia, c. April 26May 1, 1945

7. Love in the Ruins: Brux, Czechoslovakia, May 213, 1945

8. Return: Camp Lucky Strike, Normandy, to Newport, New Hampshire, May 13June 1, 1945

Coda: Main Street, Newport, New Hampshire, August 15, 1945

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