Death of A Translator
After that summer in Kabul province, the young freelancer became a staff reporter for The Times of London, covering conflicts in Northern Ireland, the Gulf, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Balkans but Afghanistan never let him go.
A young, devil-may-care Englishman, determined to report on the Soviet war and make a name for himself, makes a fateful commitment to a swashbuckling Afghan guerrilla commander. Not only will he go inside the capital secretly and live in the network of safe houses run by the resistance, he will travel around the city in a Soviet Army jeep, dressed as a Russian officer.
Waiting in the mountain camp, from where Niazuldin’s band of fighters lived and planned their hit-and-run attacks on Soviet troops, Ed Gorman discovers what it means to experience combat with men whose only interest is to be killed or martyred.
Death of a Translator is a searingly honest description of a mind haunted and eventually paralysed by the terror of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"Few autobiographies are page-turners. Ed Gorman’s is. Understated and modest, his experience as a Times correspondent with the Mujahedeen in Afghanistan during the Russian occupation grips and at times horrifies the reader. I cannot recommend this well crafted, exciting yet moving book too much. I put it down better educated for sure but a better person too."
General The Lord Richards of Herstmonceux GCB CBE DSO, author of Taking Command