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Chase your shadow : the trials of Oscar Pistorius
Carlin, John, 1956-
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First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of Harpercollins, 2014.
Physical Description:
393 pages ; 25 cm
"Ending Reeva's life, and in the same instant annihilating his own, had condemned him in the end to the shadow existence he had fought so hard to avoid -- inspiring compassion in some, derision in many more, and ripping forever from his grasp all that he had strived so hard to win."--Back cover.
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"Originally published in the United Kingdom in 2014 by Atlantic Books, an imprint of Atlantic Books Ltd."--Title page verso.
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HV6535.S73 P73 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Popular Materials-Biography
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The definitive account of the rise and fall of South African Olympic and Gold Medal-winning Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, from his personal and athletic success to the murder charge that rocked the world and put both the man, and post-Apartheid South Africa, on trial.

Oscar Pistorius made history as the first amputee to compete against able-bodied runners at the 2012 London Olympics. A hero in his native South Africa, the "Blade Runner" as he is known for his futuristic prosthetic legs, became a global icon of resilience and determination.

But less than a year later, Pistorius rocked the world once again when he shot his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, through a closed bathroom door in the early hours of February14, 2013. Charged with murder, he claimed self-defense, contending that he had acted in a blind panic, imagining an intruder had broken in. But as the investigation moved to trial--during which the prosecution sought to prove that he killed her in a rage after an argument--a picture emerged of a traumatized individual fascinated with guns and assailed, behind the heroic facade, by anguish and self-doubt.

Acclaimed journalist John Carlin follows the trials of this fallen champion, detailing his fraught upbringing, his almost superhuman rise to athletic glory, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding Steenkamp's death. At the center of Pistorius's story is South Africa--a young democracy stained by a history of racial disparity and levels of criminal violence that are among the highest in the world.

Thoughtful and probing, Chase Your Shadow offers a piercing look at this intriguing modern tragedy, bringing to life a complex figure and the troubled land that shaped him.