sail · winter 2010 · vol. 22, no. 4 Ralph Salisbury. The Indian Who Bombed Berlin. East Lansing: Michigan State UP, 2009. ISBN 978-087013847-8. 210 pp. Eric Wayne Dickey, Oregon State University Ralph Salisbury's book of short fiction explores the American Indian perspective during a time of war. It offers an in-the-trenches account of racism toward Native American men and a glimpse of the obstacles they encounter as they mature and cope with their own quests for masculine identity and national validation. It reveals the ugly face of discrimination by friend and foe, and it painfully calls for unity and peace amid rioting and bombing, as we lie, in uniform, face down in the mud with blood on our hands. This book explores masculine identity, sexual maturity, racism, imperialism, and nationalism while weaving together the stories of young men who become soldiers and who go on to recognize the futility of war. Salisbury is dedicated to language and metaphor in his fiction, as he is in his poetry: his metaphor strikes deep into the belly. In "Bathsheba's Bath, Bull Durham's Bull, and a Bottle of Old Grandad," Salisbury writes of Lack, a twelve-year-old Cherokee, in a coming-of-age tale.
Studies in American Indian Literatures – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Feb 5, 2010
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