WINNER OF THE 2009–2010 METCALF-ROOKE AWARD
ONCE A CELEBRATED WAR PHOTOGRAPHER, Lucas Zane is burnt out after covering twenty years of war. Drunk, hallucinatory, all ambition fled, Zane earns the rent working for an impresario of shoestring pornographic movies. Here he encounters Melissa and hatches a plan that might save her, his career, and quite possibly himself.
The power of Combat Camera lies in its voice, a voice that is restless, ceaseless, meandering, tragic, sometimes very funny, a mind and a voice that maintain an almost hypnotic grip on the reader.
PRAISE FOR COMBAT CAMERA
“Combat Camera is one of the finest
Canadian novels I have ever read.” – John Metcalf
“Taut and terrific: Combat Camera is a lean, mean piece of
story-telling machinery.” – Ray Robertson, author of David
“Somerset draws connections between disparate
places to uncover universal truths about our reactions to
violence . . . [Combat Camera] successfully shows the way
in which art can exist in the midst of mayhem.”
– Claire Cameron, Quill & Quire