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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
The historical novel presents many of the same problems of interpretation posed by the docudrama, both genres possessing an ambiguity attributable to the absence of clearly defined distinctions between fact and fiction. Eddie Iroh, author of The Siren in the Night, obviates the reader's task of inferring these distinctions by announcing in the "Author's Note" the fidelity of his presentation to both the nature and sequence of actual events and admitting the liberty taken in his creation of a military post that did not exist during the time period covered in the novel. The Siren in the Night, the third novel of a war trilogy dramatizing events surrounding the Nigerian Civil War, follows two other historical novels by !roh: Forty-Eight Guns for the General and Toads of War.
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