Joyce Cary, the renowned novelist and author of The Horse's Mouth, was 23 years old at the start of the Balkan War of 1912-1913. A one time art student in Edinburgh and Paris and newly down from Trinity College, Oxford he went through the war as a stretcher-bearer in the Red Cross. Shortly after his return he wrote Memoir of the Bobotes without thought of publication. It is an extraordinarily vivid account of a forgotten war fought by peasants under primitive conditions - yet particularly fascinating today to readers with memories of later Balkan wars. It is both a moving and illuminating account of the war but it also offers a self-portrait of a young, upper-class Englishman - idealistic, sensitive, romantic -living in the belief that 'there would be no more wars'. Cary went on to become one of the 20th century's greatest novelists.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson: Aug 17, 2000. ISBN: 9781842121023. 176 pp.
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