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Memories of the Mekong

Robert Fisk, 1 October 1981

The Struggle for Afghanistan 
by Nancy Newell and Richard Newell.
Cornell, 236 pp., £9, August 1981, 0 8014 1389 3
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by John C Griffiths.
Deutsch, 225 pp., £7.95, June 1981, 0 233 97350 8
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... Sassoons, one wonders, to catalogue its journey down that profound dull tunnel? Nancy and Richard Newell’s book suggests that they do, quoting a poem by a Soviet paratrooper who was killed in Afghanistan more than a year ago, a young man who wrote to his lover about his own future death: He did not live beyond the hour before dawn He fell on ...
... this suited the claustrophobic nature of the play perfectly, as did the detached quality of Mike Newell’s camera script. I adapted Solid Geometry in 1978 from the short story I had written in 1973. The story had very distinct origins. A mathematician friend from Chile had recently told me of a ‘proof’ for a plane without a surface and had outlined for ...

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