Bitter Eden

Bitter Eden

A Novel

Book - 2014
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A modern classic being introduced to the United States for the first time, Tatamkhulu Afrika's autobiographical novel illuminating the profound and incomparable bonds forged between prisoners of war.

Bitter Eden is based on Tatamkhulu Afrika's own capture in North Africa and his experiences as a prisoner of war during World War II in Italy and Germany. This frank and beautifully wrought novel deals with three men who must negotiate the emotions that are brought to the surface by the physical closeness of survival in the male-only camps. The complex rituals of camp life and the strange loyalties and deep bonds among the men are heartbreakingly depicted. Bitter Eden is a tender, bitter, deeply felt book of lives inexorably changed, and of a war whose ending does not bring peace.

Publisher: New York : Picador, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9781250043665
Branch Call Number: FIC AFRIKA 2014
Characteristics: vii, 232 pages ; 22 cm


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A U.S. release of a modern classic is based on the author's real experiences and follows the story of three prisoners of war who must negotiate the complex emotions and belief-challenging intimacies of survival in a male-only prison camp. (NoveList)

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ArapahoeSteffen Nov 23, 2016

Why are the well-written gay books with superior prose always so, damn, sad.
This is the story of relationships between men who were prisoners of war during World War II. It has a "masculine" tone, a heartbreaking ending and a very intense last page. I read this in one day while sick with the flu and then cried myself to sleep.
A profound book and probably a hard one to write, as it was based on the actual experiences of it's author, Tatamkhulu Afrika.


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