The family at the center of the novel is in the arms manufacturing business. The patriarch lost an arm in the Great War; his prodigal son renounces the family business and becomes a war photographer and marries a war refugee from Greece while he’s covering the Nuremberg trials. This scenario gives Swift license to ruminate on war, modernity, America, Europe, England, photography in particular, and representation in general. Not a major book, but shrewd and sound. Featuring a timely and cutting analysis of the near-parodic nature of the Falklands War.