'An extraordinary memoir of the Bosnian War … savage and mercilessly readable … deserves a place alongside George Orwell, James Cameron and Nicholas Tomalin. It is as good as war reporting gets. I have nowhere read a more vivid account of frontline fear and survival. Forget the strategic overview. All war is local. It is about the ditch in which the soldier crouches and the ground on which he fights and maybe dies. The same applies to the war reporter. Anthony Loyd has been there and knows it' -- Martin Bell, The Times
'A truly exceptional book, one of those rare moments in journalistic writing when you can sit back and realise that you are in the presence of somebody willing to take the supreme risk for a writer, of extending their inner self. I finished reading Anthony Loyd's account of his time in the Balkans and Chechnya only a few days ago and am still feeling the after-effects … I read his story of war and addiction (to conflict and heroin) with a sense of gratitude for the honesty and courage on every page' -- Fergal Keane, Independent
'Not since Michael Herr wrote Dispatches has any journalist written so persuasively about violence and its seductions in all of war's minutiae of awful detail … an account that demystifies war and the war reporter and strips them bare before the reader' -- Peter Beaumont, Observer
'Undoubtedly the most powerful and immediate book to emerge from the Balkan horror of ethnic civil war … far more revealing and convincing than anything recounted to camera by visiting journalists and politicians' -- Antony Beevor, Daily Telegraph
'An astonishing book … a raw, vivid and brutally honest account of his transition from thrill seeker to concerned reporter' -- Philip Jacobson, Daily Mail
'Chilling … a true picture into the brutality of war and should be required reading for all those politicians who use phrases such as "collateral damage" and "surgical strikes"' -- John Nichol, Daily Express
'Both beautiful and disturbing' -- Wall Street Journal
'Part war memoir, part coming-of-age tale and part junkie diary, it's a raw account of the hypnotic lures of violence, heroin and danger' -- Carla Power, Newsweek
'This is more than just despatches from the front. There's bloodred-vivid descriptions of the fighting, sure, but there's also the dark poetic insight of a man who's seen humanity at its worst. Loyd spares us nothing - not brains spilling out on the street, not his own bleak despair, not even the jokes - and he deserves a medal for it' -- Maxim
'Magnificent ... a stench of blood, excrement, mortar-fire, slivovitz and human bestiality emanates from these pages' -- Ben Shephard, Literary Review
'Battlefield reportage does not get more up close, gruesome, and personal … The fear and confusion of battle are so vivid that in places, they rise like acrid smoke from the page' -- New York Times
'Loyd's strongest writing is in his descriptions of carnage - of the sound and smell of shellfire; of the sexual release of blasting away with an automatic machine gun … This is pure war reporting, free from the usual journalistic constraints that often give a false significance to suffering. And Loyd waxes eloquent on the backblast of his war time, a heroin addiction that begins before his arrival and becomes the only way he can survive his breaks from the fighting' -- Salon
'First-rate war correspondence … [in] the great tradition of Hemingway, Caputo, and Michael Herr' -- Boston Globe
'My War Gone By, I Miss It So moves at the pace of a thriller. Why bother reading war fiction when you can read such intense reporting?' -- LA Weekly
'[Loyd] has written an account of its horrors that will wipe out any thoughts you might have had that we have reached the limit of the worst human nature has to offer. The monstrosities he describes are beyond belief. But the book is also compelling for what it tells us about fear' -- National Geographic Adventure
'A testament to his honor and courage. And while it would be impossible for one man to tell the whole story, his book shines with small truths and larger, philosophical ones about life and war' -- New York Post
An extraordinary memoir of military conflict and personal battle. The first book, both 'beautiful and disturbing' ( Wall Street Journal), from a young man who escaped to Bosnia in search of a vocation and excitement and later went on to become an award-winning war correspondent.
Ex-infantry officer Anthony Loyd arrived in Bosnia hoping to become a war correspondent. He left behind a damaged, distinguished military family and swapped one kind of addiction for another; drink and drugs for the adrenaline of combat. In the Balkans he became truly embedded - both appalled and involved - by the war's cruel chaos.
In the midst of the daily life-and-death struggle among the Serbs, Croatians and Bosnian Muslims he was inspired by the extraordinary human fortitude he discovered. But returning home, empty and craving adrenaline, he would face his own frailties until he could bear it no longer.
My War Gone By, I Miss It So is a uniquely powerful piece of writing, unparalleled in the genre. A compassionate, visceral record of conflict; a brutally honest account of war's exhilarations and more personal battlegrounds.
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Buchbeschreibung September Publishing Nov 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 141x216x24 mm. Neuware - 334 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781910463161