I would like to find the name of the author of a book of short stories
that I stumbled across a few years ago in a university library.
I remember one of the stories was about a soldier in indochina who has
stepped on a landmine that will explode when he steps off.. from
memory the story is just about his thoughts after he has been left by
his platoon in the jungle. Another story was set in a New York
apartment but I can't remember anything about it. They were all quite
macabre but with fascinating twists.
I remember the author had a very foreign sounding name, maybe russian
sounding, starting with maybe an M or W, haha I realise these are odd
clues. For some reason I suspected he might have actually come from
The author must be quite famous because there were quite a few books
with his name on them in the library.
I'm just after the author's name.
Request for Question Clarification bypinkfreud-ga
I wonder if you may be thinking of David Jauss. His short story
"Freeze" involves a young soldier in Vietnam who steps on the kind of
landmine (called a "Bouncing Betty") that is designed to explode when
you step off it.
The story appears in Jauss's collection "Black Maps." Here you can see
a picture of the book's cover, and read excerpts from the stories:
Does this seem familiar? Is David Jauss your author?
Clarification of Question byamca014-ga
Wow that is very close, but in this story the soldier is I think
waiting for death, and the punchline is that he starts getting cramp
in the leg that is standing on the mine. Its one of those things where
I imagine that it must be very difficult to research, but if you've
read it a light will flash up in your head. As I mentioned, the
stories are all very dark and generally involve death of some sort.
I would guess that they were written at least 25 years ago, but during
or after the french war in indochina. That must leave about 30
years… how many short stories could have been written then? haha.