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How De Body? Hardcover – 1 Aug 2002

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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc. (Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312282192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312282196
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,544,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Run a search for books on the wars in the Balkans or even Chechnya, and you're likely to come up with a few hundred hits. Do the same for the recent wars in Liberia, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, or Sierra Leone, and you'll be lucky to come up with a dozen. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, these conflicts in Central and West Africa took on such a bestially violent nature, that many authors and journalists fearing for their personal safety chose understandably to look elsewhere for stories. And secondly, media and publishing interest in another war in Africa is in short supply. After all, there's only so much misery we northerners can absorb before our pity and sympathy run dry, right?
Taken in this context, Teun Voeten's horrifying tale of his experiences in war torn Sierra Leone is that much more admirable. What begins as one freelance photojournalist's search for a "sexy" story on child soldiers quickly becomes the account of his fight for survival after a provisional ceasefire collapses, leaving him stranded in the middle of one of the most dreadful wars in recent memory. Sought by rebel forces wishing to execute him as a spy, Voeten lives for weeks in the bush before making it to safety.
Having narrowly escaped with his life on his first visit, Voeten incredibly returns on three other occasions to document a conflict that went largely ignored in the West, having had the misfortune of coinciding with NATO action in Yugoslavia.
How de Body? is fascinatingly vivid, graphic, often morbid yet somehow consistently witty. Voeten's prose expresses a gallows humor common among the idealistic pessimists that make up the corps of war correspondents.
Like any good feature writer, he constructs the story around those who've lived it.
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