The Yellow Birds: A Novel
Kevin Powers entered the US army at the age of seventeen. For a year he served in Iraq. After leaving the army and a number of useless jobs, he went to the University of Virginia to study English. He is currently teaching poetry at the University of Texas in Austin. With The Yellow Birds, he wrote, according to many, the great novel about the war in Iraq.
The Yellow Birds is the story of the young soldier Bartle, for whom the Iraq war is a hopeless void. His endless days are full of death and ruin, but especially boredom. In a desperate attempt to get hold of his frustrations, Bartle clings to the companionship with his fellow men, especially his friend Murphy. Kevin C. Powers lets the reader be an eyewitness, guilty party and martyr all at the same time in a breathtaking book which has been translated in 16 languages already.