Military Monday: Coming Down Again

Based on a true story, Coming Down Again is a magnificent portrayal of chaos and adventure in Asia's Golden Triangle during the Vietnam War.

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Our Military Monday Excerpt is John Balaban’s Coming Down Again. Based on a true story, this magnificent portrayal of chaos and adventure is set in Asia’s Golden Triangle during the time of the Vietnam War.

Balaban has written twelve books of poetry and prose and has won several awards, including the Lamont Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets, a National Poetry Series Selection, and, for Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems, the 1998 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. He has also been nominated twice for the National Book Award.

In addition to writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Balaban translates Vietnamese poetry; and is a poet-in-residence and English professor in the creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Of Coming Down Again, The New Yorker noted, “[Balaban] has…transformed a fine adventure story into a very fine novel–a Conradian novel, with a Conradian theme of integrity, a novel rich in language of action and of description, which is used to achieve the Conradian aim ‘to make you see.’ And see we do….”

Coming Down Again by John Balaban {An Excerpt}

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