All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  

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November 2012 Guest Editor Kate Mosse on All Quiet On the Western Front...

I write about war and the consequences of war, the way ordinary people are caught up in events larger than themselves. Written by a veteran of the First World War, to my mind this it the finest anti-war novel of them all. The story of a young German soldier in WWI, it lays bare the futility of war and with the most heart breaking closing paragraph.

A 2011 World Book Night selection.

One by one the boys begin to fall...In 1914, a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'. With the fire and patriotism of youth, they sign up. What follows is the moving story of a young 'unknown soldier' experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches.

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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

One by one the boys begin to fall...In 1914, a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'. With the fire and patriotism of youth, they sign up. What follows is the moving story of a young 'unknown soldier' experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches.


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Remarque's evocation of the horrors of modern warfare has lost none of its force The Times Remarque is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank New York Times Book Review There are some books that should be read by every generation... Remarque's story of German trench soldiers of the 1914-18 war gains even more authority in the context of the loss of life in wars that still rage -- Chris Searle Brian Murdoch's new English translation shows that Remarque's evocation of the horrors of modern warfare has lost none of its force The Times The book conquers without persuading, it shakes you without exaggerating, a perfect work of art and at the same time truth that cannot by doubted -- Stefan Zweig

About the Author

Erich Maria Remarque was born in 1899. He fought and was injured in the trenches in the First World War when he was eighteen years old. He was exiled and his works were burnt by the Nazis. He lived in America and Switzerland and married and divorced his first wife twice before marrying the celebrated Hollywood actress Paulette Goddard. He published several novels after All Quiet on the Western Front, the most famous of which is The Road Back. He died in 1970. Brian Murdoch was born in 1944. He is Professor of German at Stirling University.

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Paperback

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Erich Maria Remarque
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Publication date

1st March 1998

ISBN

9780099532811

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