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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 09:12 AM
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Ive spent a big chunk of the last decade immersed in peoples wartime memories. Ive traveled across the globe to interview survivors about themsoldiers, guerrillas, civilians. Ive read countless memoirs, reporters accounts and historians works on the subject of war. Along the way, Ive also learned a lot about memory, specifically how people remember and forget certain incidents.

Ive spoken to not a few veterans whove committed atrocitiesincluding men who readily admitted the brutal deeds they had carried out as teenagers or 20-somethings. But sometimes I knew about a specific horrific act they witnessed or probably carried out and it seemingly was news to them. I dont recall it, but I can believe it is a standard response. Or there was the officer who reportedly went around rounding up men to kill a group of women and children. I guess Ive wiped Vietnam and all that out of my mind. I dont remember shooting anyone or ordering anyone to shoot, he said when confronted. But he didnt dispute that the massacre had occurred, saying I dont doubt it, but I dont remember.

Riley Sharbonno didnt round up people. He didnt carry out any massacres and didnt witness any. But Sharbonno did go to war. And he did return with memories that were mixed up, messy or missing. Monica Haller helped him to put them back together in a fascinating photo booka term she eschews, instead calling the project an object of deployment.

A thick tome of more than 470 pages, Riley and his story. Me and my outrage. You and us. is a piece of art and a historical document. Its a war story and a meditation on memory as well as a rumination on its absence.

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