Death of a Translator

By Ed Gorman

Format: Hardback

The searing memoir of a young journalist whose time in Afghanistan left him haunted by the terror of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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After that summer in Kabul province, the young freelancer became a staff reporter for The Times of London, covering conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Balkans but Afghanistan never let him go.

A young, devil-may-care Englishman, determined to report the Soviet war and make a name for himself, makes a fateful commitment to a swashbuckling Afghan guerrilla commander. Not only will he go inside the capital secretly and live in the network of safe houses run by the resistance, he will travel around the city in a Soviet Army jeep, dressed as a Russian officer.

Waiting in the mountain camp, from where Niazuldin's band of fighters lived and planned their hit-and-run attacks on Soviet troops, Ed Gorman discovers what it means to experience combat with men whose only interest is to be killed or martyred.

DEATH OF A TRANSLATOR is a searingly honest description of a mind haunted and eventually paralysed by the terror of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Hardback
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 15 Jun 2017
ISBN 9781911350088
Number of Pages 250

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'I have never read anything that so fully and perfectly captured the personal experience and the personal aftermath of war. This is a brave book. Ed Gorman has a lonely struggle, but, excellent reporter that he is, he shows us how the struggle is not his alone.'

'By turns gripping, enlightening and deeply moving, Ed Gorman's story should be required reading for any editor in charge of sending journalists into harm's way.'

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