Synopses & Reviews
An acclaimed writer explores the interplay between the public tragedy of war and the daily struggles of our private lives the conflicts between truth and falsehood, secrecy and revelation, testimony and denial. A brilliant philosophical inquiry into the nature of modern warfare. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.
"'The real war will never get in the books,' Walt Whitman wrote about the Civil War. But he was wrong. A Chorus of Stones captures the reality of war in a manner that is both powerful and profoundly insightful. According to Susan Griffin, war is more androgynous than most of us imagine; it has less to do with bombs, battles and deaths than with denial in a 'social structure that makes fragments of real events,' where 'one is never allowed to see the effects of what one does.'...With this imaginative recreation of wars and warriors while writing graphic and haunting descriptions of battle Ms. Griffin sets a standard few authors could meet." Richard Restak, The New York Times Book Review
Written by one of America's most innovative and articulate feminists, this book illustrates how childhood experience, gender and sexuality, private aspirations, and public personae all assume undeniable roles in the causes and effects of war.