Heralding the arrival of a major new talent, Noah Cicero's first European publication includes two short stories and a novella, The Human War, about the first hours of the 2003 war in Iraq as experienced by a screwed-up kid in Ohio who feels the world is spinning out of his control. His reaction to the coming war? He drinks, has sex, goes to a strip club, he does anything that Youngstown, Ohio offers as human distraction - but this only makes the horror deepen. Noah Cicero's deadpan humour is reminiscent of Sartre and Beckett, and The Human War is a blackly funny and deeply cruel look at the cold heart of the world.
'Essential reading... If you can't relate to The Human War, it's likely you're not human.' BJ Lisko, Pulse