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The Barracks Thief

(1984)
A collection of stories by

 
 
Awards
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book (nominee)


The Barracks Thief is the story of three young paratroopers waiting to be shipped out to Vietnam. Brought together one sweltering afternoon to stand guard over an ammunition dump threatened by a forest fire, they discover in each other an unexpected capacity for recklessness and violence. Far from being alarmed by this discovery, they are exhilarated by it; they emerge from their common danger full of confidence in their own manhood and in the bond of friendship they have formed.

This confidence is shaken when a series of thefts occur. The author embraces the perspectives of both the betrayer and the betrayed, forcing us to participate in lives that we might otherwise condemn, and to recognize the kinship of those lives to our own.


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Hardback Editions

May 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: BARRACKS THIEF
Author(s): Wolff T
ISBN: 0-88001-035-5 / 978-0-88001-035-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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July 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Barracks Thief
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 0-224-02433-7 / 978-0-224-02433-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

1601 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Barracks Thief
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 0-88001-049-5 / 978-0-88001-049-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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January 1989 : USA Paperback
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Title: Barracks Thief,the
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 0-553-34675-X / 978-0-553-34675-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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January 1986 : USA Paperback

Title: The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
ISBN: 0-553-34213-4 / 978-0-553-34213-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam
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Kindle Editions

August 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Barracks Thief
Author(s): Tobias Wolff
Publisher: Ecco
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