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Alamein to Zem Zem

Keith Douglas

Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas is a remarkable, first-hand account of the Second World War in North Africa: ‘Everything, from flowers carpeting the desert in winter to vanquished enemies, is seen with a poet’s eye and the generosity of young.’ (John Carey, the Guardian)

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571315369
Date Published
17.04.2014
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Summary

‘This is the only book from the Second World War comparable with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves . . . When the battle of El Alamein began, the poet Keith Douglas was in Cairo with Divisional HQ. Eager not to miss the action, he took a truck and, against orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander throughout the whole of the allied advance across North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his story. Boyishness and inexperience give it flash-bulb immediacy . . . Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold . . . Everything, from flowers carpeting the desert in winter to vanquished enemies, is seen with a poet’s eye and the generosity of youth.’ John Carey, Guardian

This Faber Finds edition of Keith Douglas’s classic work – originally published two years after his death in Normandy in 1944 – includes a new preface by the novelist Richard Skinner.

KeithDouglas

Keith Douglas was born in 1920. At school and at Oxford he was both a prolific poet and a committed member of the Officers Training Corps. When the Second World War broke out, he enlisted immediately, and was posted to Palestine in 1941. When his tank regiment began fighting in El Alamein in 1942, Douglas was instructed to stay behind…

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