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A young doctor is forced to face the Border War when he can no longer escape the call-up. With only a few weeks' training in this field, Anthony Feinstein is thrust into the army's psychiatric unit....

Title : Battle Scarred: Hidden Costs of the Border War
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ISBN : 9780624053743
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 217 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Battle Scarred: Hidden Costs of the Border War Reviews

  • Arja Salafranca
    2019-03-07 02:02

    There are few choices for white men of conscript age in 1980s South Africa: choose to endure army training, and subsequent call-ups after that, or leave, proclaim yourself a conscientious objector and endure three years in jail, or and leave knowing you will never be able to return, or not without having to pay your dues to the state. Throughout this powerful account of life in the army, Feinstein’s wry, witty and at times droll voice narrates the story in a compulsively, compelling manner. The horrors of life in the army are laid bare, the brutality and the cruelty unfolding under his gentle pen. Musician, doctor, Jew, the combination couldn’t be worse in a regime designed to crush. Feinstein makes for a sympathetic character in his own real life story; far from crushed, yet he nevertheless chooses to make his life elsewhere, far beyond the borders of a South Africa gripped in rooi gevaar 1980s paranoia. Battle Scarred is an unmissable, highly readable and recommended addition to the canon of stories just beginning to emerge about life in apartheid’s army.