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"... postmodernist fiction also reflects the disruption of [the] landscape by twentieth-century war. War in our century has forced us to rethink the received categories of space, conceptual as well as geographical space; it has taught us to think in terms of zone. The lexicon of war is one of the sources of the term "zone," and certainly the postmodernists have borrowed many of the characteristics of their zone from the zones of military discourse - the war zone, the occupied zone, the demilitarized zone."
— Brian McHale, Postmodernist Fiction (info)