By Keith Douglas
'This is the single booklet from the second one global struggle similar with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves... while the conflict of El Alamein all started, the poet Keith Douglas was once in Cairo with Divisional HQ. keen to not omit the motion, he took a truck and, opposed to orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander through the complete of the allied boost throughout North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his tale. Boyishness and inexperience supply it flash-bulb immediacy... Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold... every little thing, from flora carpeting the wasteland in wintry weather to vanquished enemies, is visible with a poet's eye and the generosity of youth.' John Carey, Guardian
This Faber reveals version of Keith Douglas's vintage paintings - initially released years after his demise in Normandy in 1944 - incorporates a new preface via the novelist Richard Skinner.
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After a war caused by ultra-nationalism and the Bolshevik revolution, many German entrepreneurs in Russia and many Russian scholars who had once spent the years of their study in Germany had to leave revolutionary Russia and ‘return’ home. But exile is another story that should be told at another time. Before the Great War 25 Notes 1. I will not deal with the long discussion about the concept of culture and cultural history (Kulturgeschichte). It is different in the Germanand English-speaking world.
The companies of the two brothers operated worldwide and supported one another. In 1877 Ludwig was made a Russian baron, but the family was more international and cosmopolitan both in its business affairs and in its private life. Knoop’s sons received their commercial training outside Russia, but this was also increasingly the case in genuinely Russian entrepreneurial families from the middle of the nineteenth century. Marriages, as we have seen, were an important means to establish business relations, though in the ﬁrst two generations of the Knoop family’s Russian branch, religion and national origin were the dominating factors.
Bremen: Hauschild, 1998), p. 44; cf. Dittmar Dahlmann, Ludwig Knoop: ein Unternehmerleben, in Dahlmann and Scheide (eds), ‘. . das einzige Land’, pp. 361–78; Stuart Thompstone, ‘Ludwig Knoop. The Arkwright of Russia’, in Textile History 15 (1984) no. 1, pp. D. dissertation, London University (1991), chap. 5. 5. I use the terms ‘German’ and ‘German-speaking’ in more or less the same sense: persons born in the German Empire (Deutsches Reich) before 1806 or after this date in those states which were part of the Deutscher Bund and had German as their mother tongue.
Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas