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'The Heroic Theme in Australian War Writing.'

Carlton, Vic: Melbourne University Press, 2nd edition with corrections, 1992, 294 pages.
Paperback, 215mm.

Very good condition.

"The book looks at the heroic myth from Gallipoli to Vietnam -- not seeking to debunk the 'Digger' myth but to challenge the assumptions, biases and prejudices that have shaped his literary packaging.
Gerster reveals that, from at least the time of the Boer War, during which 'Banjo' Paterson used deliberately to distort his dispatches from the front so that the Australian soldiers would get 'fine advertisements' out of them, Australian war writers have acted either overtly or covertly as publicity agents for the 'Digger' as the perceived embodiment of heroic racial characteristics.
Is Australian military history literature or propaganda? This careful examination of myth-making is a worthy read."

Winner of the Age Book of the Year Award, 1988.


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