Book cover from All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel by Erich Maria Remarque
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All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel

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Edition: Reissue
Published: 03-12-1987
ISBN: 9780449213940
Pages: 304
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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All Quiet on the Western Front, originally 'Im Westen Nichts Neues' in German, by Erich Maria Remarque is considered by many as one of the best war books ever, if not the very best war novel ever. All Quiet on the Western Front, from the first day of its publication in 1928, is considered not only a literary monument, but a political and cultural fact of great significance. Due to the sober and pregnant description of the madness of war, the literary work was immediately and permanently recognized as one of the most important and impressive books of modern times.

The central character of this anti-war novel is Paul Bumer, who, like so many of his contemporaries in Germany and elsewhere, is very enthusiastic about joining the First World War. But from the first bombing in the trenches, it becomes apparent that the reality of the war is very different from what he had imagined. Soon Paul's main concern is simply to survive. An impressive novel about the "destroyed generation" of the First World War.

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Paul Baumer enlisted with his classmates in the German army of World War I. Youthful, enthusiastic, they become soldiers. But despite what they have learned, they break into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches. And as horrible war plods on year after year, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principles of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other--if only he can come out of the war alive.
"The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first trank, 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

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