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Going After Cacciato

(1978)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book
"In October, near the end of the month, Cacciato left the war."

In Tim O'Brien's novel Going After Cacciato the theater of war becomes the theater of the absurd as a private deserts his post in Vietnam, intent on walking 8,000 miles to Paris for the peace talks. The remaining members of his squad are sent after him, but what happens then is anybody's guess: "The facts were simple: They went after Cacciato, they chased him into the mountains, they tried hard. They cornered him on a small grassy hill. They surrounded the hill. They waited through the night. And at dawn they shot the sky full of flares and then they moved in.... That was the end of it. The last known fact. What remained were possibilities."

It is these possibilities that make O'Brien's National Book Award-winning novel so extraordinary. Told from the perspective of squad member Paul Berlin, the search for Cacciato soon enters the realm of the surreal as the men find themselves following an elusive trail of chocolate M&M's through the jungles of Indochina, across India, Iran, Greece, and Yugoslavia to the streets of Paris. The details of this hallucinatory journey alternate with feverish memories of the war--men maimed by landmines, killed in tunnels, engaged in casual acts of brutality that would be unthinkable anywhere else. Reminiscent of Joseph Heller's Catch-22, Going After Cacciato dishes up a brilliant mix of ferocious comedy and bleak horror that serves to illuminate both the complex psychology of men in battle and the overarching insanity of war. --Alix Wilber


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Hardback Editions

September 1999 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Going After Cacciato (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-613-07876-4 / 978-0-613-07876-4 (USA edition)
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September 1999 : USA Library Binding

Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-606-27850-8 / 978-0-606-27850-8 (USA edition)
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January 1978 : USA Library Binding

Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-606-06415-X / 978-0-606-06415-6 (USA edition)
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March 1988 : UK Hardback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-00-223346-0 / 978-0-00-223346-0 (UK edition)
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November 1978 : UK Hardback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-224-01626-1 / 978-0-224-01626-1 (UK edition)
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January 1978 : USA Hardback
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Title: Going After Cacciato: A Novel
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-440-02948-1 / 978-0-440-02948-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

April 1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: Going After Cacciato (Flamingo)
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-00-654307-3 / 978-0-00-654307-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fourth Estate
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September 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-7679-0442-7 / 978-0-7679-0442-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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June 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-440-21439-4 / 978-0-440-21439-7 (USA edition)
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June 1992 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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ISBN: 0-440-32965-5 / 978-0-440-32965-7 (USA edition)
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February 1979 : USA Paperback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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ISBN: 0-385-28349-0 / 978-0-385-28349-6 (USA edition)
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February 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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ISBN: 0-440-32966-3 / 978-0-440-32966-4 (USA edition)
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July 1980 : UK Paperback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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ISBN: 0-586-04984-3 / 978-0-586-04984-6 (UK edition)
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May 1979 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Going after Cacciato: A novel
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 0-440-12966-4 / 978-0-440-12966-0 (USA edition)
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1978 : USA Paperback
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'BRIEN
ISBN: 0-440-53049-0 / 978-0-440-53049-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Delacorte
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Audio Editions

June 2015 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-5012-6352-8 / 978-1-5012-6352-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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ISBN: 1-4692-3619-2 / 978-1-4692-3619-3 (USA edition)
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May 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-4558-5156-6 / 978-1-4558-5156-0 (USA edition)
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May 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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ISBN: 1-4558-5160-4 / 978-1-4558-5160-7 (USA edition)
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May 2012 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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ISBN: 1-4558-5164-7 / 978-1-4558-5164-5 (USA edition)
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November 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
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November 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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November 2011 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Going After Cacciato
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March 1991 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 1-55994-362-9 / 978-1-55994-362-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harperaudio
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January 1986 : Audio Cassette

Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
ISBN: 9996797252 / 978-9996797255
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

February 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Going After Cacciato
Author(s): Tim O'Brien
Publisher: Broadway Books
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