Review: We Sing The Sorrow Of Helmand

Conflict debases, destroys, deepens otherness. This novel exhales the anguish of tragedy.

With its story of the stand-off between a crippled Afghan girl who identifies herself as Antigone come to bury her dead brother, and American soldiers raw from counting their own dead post a surprise storming of their outpost in Kandahar, The Watch is Sophocles’ timeless tragedy in a modern key, exploring the catch-22 that is the intervention in/for/against Afghanistan (and even before that, Iraq and Vietnam), its “featureless landscapes, futureless deathscapes”.

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