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Random House
208 pages
Product Description
Before writing his memoir of madness, <i>Darkness Visible</i>, William Styron was best known for his ambitious works of fiction–including <i>The Confessions of Nat Turner</i> and <i>Sophie’s Choice</i>. Styron also created personal but no less powerful tales based on his real-life experiences as a U.S. Marine. <b>The Suicide Run</b> collects five of these meticulously rendered narratives. One of them–<i>“Elobey, Annobón, and Corisco”</i>–is published here for the first time. <br><br>In <i>“Blankenship,”</i> written in 1953, Styron draws on his stint as a guard at a stateside military prison at the end of World War II. <i>“Marriott, the Marine”</i> and <i>“The Suicide Run”</i>–which Styron composed in the early 1970s as part of an intended novel that he set aside to write <i>Sophie’s Choice</i>–depict the surreal experience of being conscripted a second time, after World War II, to serve in the Korean War. <i>“My Father’s House” </i>captures the isolation and frustration of a soldier trying to become a civilian again. In <i>“Elobey, Annobón, and Corisco,” </i>written late in Styron’s life, a soldier attempts to exorcise the dread of an approaching battle by daydreaming about far-off islands, visited vicariously through his childhood stamp collection. <br><br>Perhaps the last volume from one of literature’s greatest voices, <i>The Suicide Run </i>brings to life the drama, inhumanity, absurdity, and heroism that forever changed the men who served in the Marine Corps.