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FLY FREE: Book launch today at Borders
Dassen will launch his new novel "FLY FREE"
today at Borders Bookshop from 6pm - 7pm. He will talk about
the book, answer questions, as well as sign copies of the
who flies commercial airliners for Singapore Airlines when
he is not wielding a pen, has a style reminiscent of Robert
Free’ paints a complex and disturbing picture of
contemporary Africa. The tragedy and horror so stereotypical
of so many African countries are here fully explored with a
passion fuelled by Dassen’s
obvious twin loves: flying and Africa herself.
This novel brings alive the ubiquitous newsreel footage from
television’s current affairs programmes. It takes you into
what Conrad would describe as the heart of darkness.
Conrad himself, English is not Dassen’s mother tongue. All
the more remarkable the author’s achievement, for Dassen’s
use of the English language reveals that language’s
complex origins and its infinite flexibility.
will rivet your mind with minute details concerning the
technical difficulties of landing, not always successfully,
on a jungle landing strip and then explode your mind with
the natural glories of the African environment.
This Belgian-born writer cum senior pilot embarked on
a career in aviation following national service in the
Belgian Tank Division. He has flown humanitarian
civil war-torn Angola following its independence from
Portugal on 11th November 1975. With his military,
aviation and first-hand experiences, Dassen is somewhat
uniquely qualified to write about his chosen subject: Angola
of 1995 with a flashback to 1975.
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