To the Kwai – and Back: War Drawings 1939-1945

By: Searle, Ronald

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Book Condition: Very Good


Hardcover with dust jacket, black cloth with gilt spine titles, 21.5 by 28.7 cm, 192 pp., illus. in color. The hardcover is very good with only faint signs of shelf wear; the jacket is very good with minor edge wear and rubbing. From the publisher: “In 1939, as an art student, Ronald Searle volunteered for the army, embarking for Singapore in 1941. Within a month of his arrival there, however, he became a prisoner of the Japanese, and after 14 months in a prisoner-of-war camp, was sent north to a work camp on the Burma Railway. In May 1944, he was sent to the notorious Changi Gaol in Singapore and became one of the few British soldiers to survive imprisonment there. Throughout his captivity, despite the risk, Ronald Searle made drawings to record his experiences. The drawings in this remarkable book were hidden by Searle and smuggled from place to place, stained with the sweat and dirt of his captivity. They are a record of one man’s war and are among the most important and moving accounts of the Second World War.”

Title: To the Kwai – and Back: War Drawings 1939-1945

Author Name: Searle, Ronald

Categories: Art, World War II,

Edition: first American edition

Publisher: Boston/New York, The Atlantic Monthly Press: 1986

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 3334