Alamein to Zem Zem. Keith Douglas.
Alamein to Zem Zem

Alamein to Zem Zem. Edited by John Waller, G. S. Fraser and J. C. Hall. With an Introduction by Lawrence Durrell.

London: Faber and Faber, 1966. 8vo. Second edition. First published in 1946 by Editions Poetry London. Original dark blue cloth, gilt. Illustrated with the author's own line drawings. The cloth is a little dulled along the top and bottom edges. A clear adhesive cover has been applied to the d/w. Near fine in near fine d/w. Item #5211

From The Spectator's review printed on the front flap: 'Alamein to Zem Zem consists of an account of the tank-fighting at Alamein and the offensive that finally drove the Germans out of Africa and into the sea. It is written in a highly charged, violent descriptive prose, powerfully contrived but sufficiently serious to convey the humour, the pathos and the literal beauty of that dead world of tanks, sand, scrub and human corpses. It is throughout the work of a poet, and the only book of the late war comparable in descriptive power and intelligence to the books of Remarque, Sassoon and Blunden which spoke in similar terms of 1914-1918.' The Introduction was written for this edition. Scarce.

Price: £150.00

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