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All Quiet on the Western Front
 
 
Author
Erich Maria Remarque. A.W. Wheen, trans.
Publisher Ballantine  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780449213940
Pages/Publication Date 296/1987
Daedalus Item Code 49441
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"This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it," as Erich Maria Remarque writes at the outset of this stunning novel of World War I. "It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war." It is the story of Paul Bäumer, who with his classmates enlisted in the German army. Full of youth and enthusiasm, they broke into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. As the horror plods on year after year, Paul vows to fight against the principles of hate that pit young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other. When All Quiet on the Western Front appeared in 1929, its bleak depiction of the soldiers' lives and their shattering experiences was hailed as a searingly honest testament and also condemned as the worst sort of propaganda (it was one of the first books publicly banned by the Nazis, who hated Remarque so much that, when they could not apprehend him in the United States, they executed his sister instead).

"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure."—NYTBR

 
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