What We Talk About When We Talk About War

What We Talk About When We Talk About War

by Noah Richler

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What We Talk About When We Talk About War by Noah Richler

An Amazon.ca Editors’ Pick for 2012 and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of 2012

Shortlisted, Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction, John W. Dafoe Book Prize, and Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Longlisted, Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

In the last decade, Canada’s operative myth of a peacekeeping nation has been replaced by that of a “warrior” nation. With it, the idea of the Canadian soldier as peacekeeper has been transformed into the Canadian solider as confident and able war-maker.

In this provocative book, an expanded version his Antonine Maillet-Northrop Frye Lecture, Noah Richler examines how the narrative used by those in politics and the media has evolved from the complex structure of the novel to an epic narrative form. This form and the associated jargon (victory, defeat, heroes, sacrifice) have populated public pronouncements and media coverage, resulting in a re-interpretation of past events. Our changing narrative about war speaks volumes about our collective consciousness and where we place ourselves as a nation as we enter, sustain, discuss, and ultimately justify our participation in war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780864927019
Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
Publication date: 04/17/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 376
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

One of Canada's public intellectuals, Noah Richler was a prize-winning producer and host of documentaries and features at BBC Radio before he returned to Canada in 1998 to join the founding staff of the National Post as its first books editor and later as a literary columnist. He has written for CBC Radio's Ideas, for the Op-Ed and cultural pages of the Globe&Mail, the Toronto Star, and the National Post, and for the Walrus, MacLean's, and EnRoute, for which he has won several national magazine awards. He is the author of This Is My Country, What's Yours? A Literary Atlas of Canada, finalist for the 2006 Nereus Writer's Trust Non-Fiction Prize and winner of the 2007 British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. He lives in Toronto and in Digby, Nova Scotia.

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