Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, "All Quiet on the Western Front" is Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece of the German experience during World War I.
"I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. . . ."
This is the testament of Paul BAumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army during World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.
Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against one another . . . if only he can come out of the war alive.
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"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."--"The New York Times Book Review.
About the Author
Erich Maria Remarque, ne Erich Paul Remark, ne le 22 juin 1898 a Osnabruck, mort le 25 septembre 1970 a Locarno, Suisse, est un ecrivain allemand. Son livre "A l'Ouest, rien de nouveau" (Im Westen nichts Neues), roman pacifiste sur la Premiere Guerre mondiale, connut, des sa parution en 1929, un succes mondial retentissant et reste un ouvrage-phare sur le premier conflit mondial. Ce livre fut brule lors des autodafes nazis des 1933. Remarque s'exila en Suisse, puis aux Etats-Unis et y obtint sa naturalisation en 1947. Un mythe, en partie propage par les nazis, pretend qu'il s'appelait Erich Maria Kramer et que Remarque ne serait que la forme francisee de ce nom inverse.
“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.”—The New York Times Book Review