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Rhodesiana: Chas Lotter - Echoes of an African War First edition. 1999

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Condition: Excellent / As new with dust jacket.


In Echoes of an African War, Chas Lotter, the soldier poet of Southern Africa, matches his haunting poetry with authentic photos, paintings and sketches to tell the story of the Rhodesian bush war. The formula is effective and proven, Chas used it to good effect in all three his previous works.Echoes follows the story of the teenaged army recruit who exchanged his home and his family for the world of barrack life. It sketches the years, until 1973, when a low-intensity war allowed a young man to explore the African bush. The story then bursts into the late 1970s when conflict escalated into a vicious civil war. It covers the war's end in 1980, and the subsequent readjustment to civilian life before finishing in 1999, when as a mature man, he looks back and remembers events that are now history.Chas Lotter has perfected the magic art of combining pathos and eeriness. His observations are canny and surgically precise as he gradually unfolds his story.


Review:
Professor Marcia Leveson: "… only the poets of the First World War have captured so compelling the many moods of the young soldiers …"

Patrick Cullinan: " … captures the brutality and fleeting nobility of combat experience."

Mike Hageman: "Chas Lotter is the soldier poet of the Rodesian bush war. His work is well crafted, honest and supremely evocative of a difficult period in our recent history"

Chris Cocks: "This powerful, haunting anthology, inspired by the bitter futility of civil war, dredges the very depths of human emotions."

Alan Thrush: "There are verses here to stir the soul – flashes that recall the pride and the tragedy of that time in Africa’s history."

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