WW2 Crete: Abducting a General

There is something that always bothered me about Patrick Leigh Fermor’s account of Crete and also of his own ‘great trudge’ across Europe. He writes cold, after the fact. Sometimes years or even decades afterwards. As a writer, I know why. Some events and experiences are so memorable, so life-affirming, or so dark, that to write about them too soon risks — if not ridicule — then a complete loss of objectivity. This is the death of good factual writing, but is essential for thrillers and page-turners. If you write hot, in the moment, you end up with James Bond. If you write cold, detached, you end up…

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PAUL DETTMANN

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