AUTHOR NATHAN RERA INVESTIGATES THE TRUE STORY REPORTED BY DANIEL LANG, AND THEN IMMERSES INTO DE PALMA'S FILM
Rouge Profond will publish a new book about Casualties Of War on April 22. Written by Nathan Réra, who has previously written a Rouge Profond book of interviews with Paul Verhoeven, the new book, Outrages, is said to be "almost 600 pages" long, and illustrated with many images and stills (see below). Here is a Google-assisted translation of the publisher's book description:
Adapted from an investigation by Daniel Lang published in the New Yorker in 1969, Outrages (Casualties of War), Brian De Palma's nineteenth feature film, chronicles the kidnapping, rape and murder of a Vietnamese woman by a patrol of American soldiers led by Sergeant Meserve (Sean Penn). First Class Eriksson (Michael J. Fox) refuses to participate and sets out to expose the culprits.
Nathan Réra's book reconstructs the pitiful history that led to the creation of this underestimated masterpiece. From numerous rare documents (military archives, correspondence, unpublished scenarios), the author returns to the real facts and their revelation in the American press, then on to the adaptation projects which followed one another during a decade, before immersing the reader in the heart of De Palma's film creation.