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Waugh in Abyssinia Evelyn Waugh

Waugh in Abyssinia

Evelyn Waugh

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ISBN : 9780807132517
Paperback
253 pages
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Scoop, Evelyn Waughs bestselling comedy of Englands newspaper business of the 1930s is the closest thing foreign correspondents have to a bible -- they swear by it. But few readers are acquainted with Waughs memoir of his stint as a London DailyMoreScoop, Evelyn Waughs bestselling comedy of Englands newspaper business of the 1930s is the closest thing foreign correspondents have to a bible -- they swear by it. But few readers are acquainted with Waughs memoir of his stint as a London Daily Mail correspondent in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) during the Italian invasion in the 1930s. Waugh in Abyssinia is an entertaining account by a cantankerous and unenthusiastic war reporter that provides a fascinating short history of Mussolinis imperial adventure as well as a wickedly witty preview of the characters and follies that figure into Waughs famous satire. In the forward, veteran foreign correspondent John Maxwell Hamilton explores in how Waugh ended up in Abyssinia, which real-life events were fictionalized in Scoop, and how this memoir fits into Waughs overall literary career, which includes the classic Brideshead Revisited. As Hamilton explains, Waugh was the right man (a misfit), in the right place (a largely unknown country that lent itself to farcical imagination), at the right time (when the correspondents themselves were more interesting than the scraps of news they could get.) The result, Waugh in Abyssinia, is a memoir like no other.