Walking Wounded

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October 2015

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“Suggesting that war creates an existential rupture in the souls of those who fight, this powerful account will enlighten adults and teens willing to set aside pat answers.” – Library Journal (starred review)

For hundreds of thousands of young Americans, after the shock of 9/11, there was Ar Ramadi, Baghdad, Abu Ghraib… the war in Iraq. Then came the trauma.

Olivier Morel gave them a voice in his compelling documentary
On the Bridge. Walking Wounded isn’t the book of the documentary but the story of Morel getting close to the young vets, their troubled experience and lives. So close he could not avoid living their trauma himself, seeing all too clearly their vision of the world after their gut-wrenching experiences.

From torment to reflection, Morel and artist Maël relate through these vets the impossible return of those who do aspire vividly to get back to a normal life. The effort is huge, some can’t make it, others score their own victory by finally turning the corner… a parable for America’s war sickness.

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“As the Iraq War recedes, works such as this serve as a much-needed prod to a society that's all too eager to put its misbegotten Middle East misadventure behind it.”

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“[Morel's] stirring behind-the-scenes graphic exorcism shines a much-needed spotlight on the plight of veterans marginalized by a society that is uninterested in their well-being once they are no longer able to fight.” – Jason Wilkins

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Starred pick from the 2015 Small Press Expo