In 1987, Paul Morris went to Angola as a reluctant conscript soldier, where he experienced the fear and filth of war. Twenty-five years later, in 2012, Paul returned to Angola, and embarked on a 1500-kilometre cycle trip, solo and unsupported, across the country. His purpose was to see Angola in peacetime, to replace the war map in his mind with a more contemporary peace map, to exorcise the ghosts of war once and for all.Shifting skilfully between present and past, 'Back to Angola' chronicles Paul s epic journey, from Cuito Cuanavale to the remnants of his unit s base in northern Namibia, and vividly recreates his experiences as a young soldier caught up in a war in a foreign land. Along the way, the book provides thought-provoking reflections on childhood, masculinity, violence, trauma and friendship.'Back to Angola' is an honest, intelligent and deeply moving account of war and its effects on an individual mind, a generation of people, and the psyche and landscape of a country. Paul Morris was conscripted into the SADF just before his nineteenth birthday and trained as an infantry soldier in Bloemfontein. On the Border he was posted to the well-known 61 Mechanised Battalion Group. Since then, Paul trained as a psychotherapist at the London Gestalt Centre, and has a master s degree from London Metropolitan University. He lives in Cape Town, where he practises executive and life coaching. Paul has spoken at numerous conferences and seminars about his war experience and recent return to Angola.
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