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Southern Iraq, April 2003. Four soldiers, a journalist and their Iraqi translator set off on an unauthorised journey deep into the Iraqi countryside in a disastrous attempt to make amends for the deaths of some local men at a vehicle checkpoint.
Developed from Teevan's highly acclaimed BBC Radio 3 play,
How Many Miles to Basra? is a superb examination of how definitions of truth and responsibility become blurred in times of war—not just in the armed forces and political arena, but in the media too.
As stark, shocking and terrifying as anything I’ve heard
Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-690-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
COLIN TEEVAN was born in Dublin, and studied at Belvedere College S.J. and University of Edinburgh. His stage plays include
The Big Sea and
Brown Paper (Abbey Theatre),
The Walls (National Theatre) and
Alcmaeon in Corinth after a fragment of Euripides (Live! Theatre Newcastle), and the acclaimed quintet of plays:
Missing Persons: Four Tragedies
Roy Keane. His translations/adaptations include:
Iphigenia in Aulis and
Bacchai (National Theatre), Guiseppe Manfridi’s
Cuckoos (Gate/Barbican), Edoardo Erba’s
Marathon (Gate), Jarošlav Hasek’s
Švejk (Gate/The Duke/Broadway) and the ancient Chinese stories of
Monkey! (Young Vic).
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