The Indian Who Bombed Berlin

The Indian Who Bombed Berlin

and Other Stories

American Indian Studies

by Ralph Salisbury

Published by: Michigan State University Press

210 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • ISBN: 9780870138478
  • Published: June 2009

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Ralph Salisbury's stories are engaging and unique. He has a distinctive approach to assembling the elements of a narrative. The "facts" might be revealed directly, but they are more likely to emerge in small fragments of illumination, like pieces of a dream. 
     The men Salisbury describes have been to war, and being "home"—in the States—is sometimes disorienting for them. Most of them think that they need a woman to help them get their bearings. High school football star Cyrus Littlehorse Jones dreams of slipping silky lingerie off the pale white bodies of high school cheerleaders. A Korean War veteran joins a Vietnam War protest so that he can score with a "hippie chick."
     Salisbury taps primal emotions—love, passion, anger—but he explores his subjects in unusual ways, like drillers who bore at odd angles to discover pools of oil trapped deep in layers of rock. He excavates the hearts and minds of his characters, mining them to fuel his stories. And his stories are the richer for it—invariably compelling and continually surprising.