Sebastian Junger on War, Writing, and Nightmares

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By Jason Boog Comment

warjunger.jpgToday is the official release date for War, journalist Sebastian Junger’s book about the war in Afghanistan.

The book will accompany an upcoming documentary the author worked on with British photographer Tim Hetherington in one of the deadliest war zones on earth. Together, they created Restrepo–the winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival documentary grand jury prize. Watch the unsettling trailer here.

Last week Details magazine interviewed Junger about his book. Here’s an excerpt: “I had a nightmare, and I put it in the book. As a journalist, I had such trepidation about putting a dream in a reported book, but then I realized that we are all having nightmares out here, this is what it’s about, so go for it … When I was writing The Perfect Storm, it was a journalistic story about a town that I cared about, but it wasn’t personal in that sense. This was. I started dreaming about it every night–literally every night–while I was writing. Once I reached that level of emotional connectedness to the topic, I started writing very, very well.”

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