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Inhaltsangabe: Born to a distinguished military family, Loyd longed to experience war from the front line. After serving in the Gulf War he went to Bosnia as a war correspondent. There he became enmeshed in one of the most callous clashes on European soil. Addicted to the adrenaline of combat, when he returned home he found no more peace than in battle. And so began a longstanding battle against drug abuse. These harrowing accounts from the trenches show humanity at its worst and best. This is an uncompromising look at the terrifyingly seductive power of war.

Rezension: Anthony Loyd's first book is a vivid, haunting account of the war in Bosnia from 1993 to 1996, from where he reported for the Daily Telegraph and then the Times as a special correspondent. However, what separates it from standard reportage is the war Loyd was fighting on a personal front, which drove him to seek war as a "final absolution of self-responsibility". While snipers shot people indiscriminately Loyd, living on whisky-chased adrenaline, fought to understand the compulsion he felt to be there and struggled to shoot the pictures that were the pretext for his presence. It is this battle, set against the brutality that tore the Balkans to shreds, that gives the book its anguished focus and embattled majesty.

Loyd gradually reveals a fractured upbringing, which culminated in the death of the father from whom he had been torturously distant for many years. Five years in the army did little to relieve the embittered emotional hangover that had become his burden, and in indulging the impulse that propelled him to war he was following in the footsteps of generations of males in his family. In addition to the stimulation engendered he was also fighting a heroin dependency that reared up when the buzz of the danger passed.

The descriptions of mortar-damaged flesh in Bosnia do not depart easily from the consciousness of the reader, who is left shuddering at the damage they must have inflicted on the author. Loyd, though, free from the constraints of newspaper journalism, writes with an angrily articulate physicality that throbs with a challenging compassion one longs for him to apply to himself. He finally achieves a redemption of sorts, and in the process has written one of the most uncompromising and personally honest accounts of the ugliness of war that puts to shame complacent apathy. Brave, provocative, essential, but not for those who take cream in their coffee. --David Vincent

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Verlag: September Publishing Nov 2015 (2015)
ISBN 10: 1910463167 ISBN 13: 9781910463161
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Buchbeschreibung September Publishing Nov 2015, 2015. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 141x216x24 mm. Neuware - 334 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781910463161

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