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, 1965).

“ALAMEIN TO ZEM ZEN, 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 high, 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 power and intelligence to the books of Remarque, Sassoon and Blunden which spoke in similar terms of 1914-1918 -The Spectator
“No keener sense of modern war has been imparted than that which lives in a host of details in this book. He is a critical actor as well as a spectator in the military drama he presents.” – The Times
“These quotations are from reviews of the first edition of Alamein to Zem Zem, which was published in 1946 and had long been out of print. This new edition contains the author's own line drawings and is specially introduced by Lawrence Durrell.” – Dustjacket.
Keith Douglas, the author had his Oxford career cut short in 1940 when he was posted to the Middle East to join a tank regiment of the Notts Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry. The notebook account of the North African campaign, written at intervals in 1943, was later published as Alamein to Zem Zem. The originanl notebook is now in the British Museum. Douglas returned from the Middle East just before Christmas 1943 to train for the Second Front. On his third day in Normandy, on 9th June, 1944, heas was killed at the age of twenty-four, after getting infrormation from behind the enemy lines. He was considered at the time a poet of high caliber and had published in a number of journals and papers. Item #31318

First Faber and Faber edition, first edited edition, and the first edition with the Introduction by Lawrence Durrell. With a portrait frontispiece of the author from a photograph and illustrated throughout with reproductions of the author's original drawings. 8vo, publisher's original blue cloth, the spine lettered in gilt, and in the original dustjacket. 152pp. A very fine copy, as new and pristine, the jacket is every bit as fine and pristine as the book.

Price: $195.00