Operation Desert Storm has ended. A body lies in no man's land in the desert, across the Iraqi border between the allied front and a small Saudi village. It hasn't decomposed or burned in the sun. Its eyes are open and its mouth is smiling. No wounds show how the man died. No dog tags or insignia identify on which side he fought.
The man is John Miller, an american soldier who has gone missing in action. While his wife Mary, waite at home in the states for news of her husband John has disappeared and died an absurd death. Like Micheal Ondaatje and erich maria remarque, Dominique Sigaud ha s made her subject " war---and the pity of war." In prose of extraofdinary clarity and power, she tells John's story and those of the people who encounter him in his last hours of life aand in the days thatt follow his death of this unknown soldier.
Hailed internationally as a work of out standing ambition and achievement, this hauting novel of the Gulf war marks the American debut of a writer of superb orginality.