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All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)

by Erich Maria Remarque

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Series: Remarque's Great War Duology (1)

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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. Paul Baumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany's Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the inscrutable world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war's final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.… (more)
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    The Road Back by Erich Maria Remarque (DeDeNoel)
    DeDeNoel: Also by Remarque, The Road Back is often considered a sequel to All Quiet. It has some of the same characters and alludes to others.
  2. 81
    Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Taken together, Jünger's memoir and Remarque's novel present a pair of radically different views of the German experience in World War I.
  3. 82
    Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (usnmm2)
  4. 84
    Goodbye to All That by Robert Graves (Nickelini, chrisharpe)
  5. 51
    Lay Down Your Arms! by Bertha von Suttner (MarthaJeanne)
    MarthaJeanne: Two anti-war novels written in German. Suttner wrote before WWI about how war affects the families, Remarque after the war about how it affected the soldiers.
  6. 63
    Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks (Simone2)
  7. 31
    Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque (Anonymous user)
  8. 53
    The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien (chrisharpe)
  9. 10
    1948: A Soldier's Tale - The Bloody Road to Jerusalem by Uri Avnery (Polaris-)
  10. 21
    The Wars by Timothy Findley (Cecrow)
  11. 21
    Generals Die in Bed by Charles Yale Harrison (charlie68)
    charlie68: Also gritty front line portraying of the Great War.
  12. 21
    Four Soldiers by Hubert Mingarelli (susanbooks)
  13. 10
    The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman (charlie68)
  14. 11
    The Donkeys by Alan Clark (charlie68)
  15. 11
    Regeneration by Pat Barker (sdbear)
    sdbear: Journey of poet Siegfried Sassoon through the futility of WW1 and madness.
  16. 12
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  17. 12
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  18. 12
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  19. 12
    Johnny the Partisan by Beppe Fenoglio (UrliMancati)
  20. 01
    Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque (AlexandraBal)
    AlexandraBal: Descreve muito bem as movimentações antes da 2a guerra Mundial.A ação

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Paul is a German soldier during World War I, fighting a war he doesn't believe in or care about alongside his high school classmates and friends he's met along the way.

I read this book several months ago in the spring and forgot to write up a review then so this one won't be as good. This was a powerful and affecting book, while also being very engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, although it certainly has difficult scenes of violence and grief. It has many passages that are food for thought and that launched many conversations with those around me when I said I was reading this book. It's definitely one of those titles that merits being considered one of the 1,001 books to read before you die, and I recommend you do so. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Sep 25, 2023 |
Originally published in 1928.
  MissysBookshelf | Sep 1, 2023 |
Remarque's famous book is a raw description of the 1914-1918 War as experienced by young men on the Western Front in France and Belgium. Hence the title of this work in English: 'All quiet on the Western Front'.

The 'all quiet' or 'nichts Neues' of the title refers to the way in which news of the progress of the war is reported back - there's nothing happening here, just more of the same, or 'same old, same old'.

In another sense, the title is heavily ironic, for whilst nothing much may happen for a long time strategically, hundreds upon hundreds of men and animals are being grotesquely injured or killed on a regular basis. Their war is full of constant assaults on the body and the senses, so everything is happening to them all the time. Their Western Front is anything but quiet.

The story is told in realistic detail through the eyes of one of a group of young men who have just left school to join the army and fight in the trenches. The tragedy is that members of the group go straight from youth to death, with little chance to experience life in-between.

This is a war story which becomes an anti-war story as the group experiences the horrors of daily life and death on the battlefield. It is necessary reading. ( )
  SunnyJim | Aug 14, 2023 |
Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog, La siepe di more

Ogni volta che leggo un romanzo sulla guerra penso di aver letto quello definitivo: dopo questo non ne troverò di certo uno più tremendo, non è possibile che qualcuno abbia scritto qualcosa di più doloroso. Eppure ogni volta vengo fatta bugiarda e mi ritrovo per le mani un straziante libro sull’orrore della guerra che ancora viene imposto a tante persone.

Questo libro non vuol essere
né un atto d'accusa né una confessione.
Esso non è che il tentativo di raffigurare
una generazione la quale – anche se sfuggì alle granate –
venne distrutta dalla guerra.

Fin dalla prima pagine Remarque ci informa di quale sarà l’aspetto della guerra che sarà centrale nel suo romanzo: l’idea secondo la quale non si ritorna mai davvero dalla guerra, che non si limita a distruggere i corpi, ma lacera gli animi, le speranze, i sogni, i futuri. La guerra è un orrore troppo grande per lasciare intere le persone, anche se all’esterno e con i tuoi affetti lontani dal fronte ti presenti integro per non far loro sapere quanto vorresti solo tornare a prima, alla pace, alla beata inconsapevolezza.

E neppure ci potranno capire. Davanti a noi infatti sta una generazione che ha, sì, passato con noi questi anni, ma che aveva già prima un focolare ed una professione, ed ora ritorna ai suoi posti d’un tempo, e vi dimenticherà la guerra; dietro a noi sale un’altra generazione, simile a ciò che fummo noi un tempo; la quale ci sarà estranea e ci spingerà da parte. Noi siamo inutili a noi stessi. Andremo avanti, qualcuno si adatterà, altri si rassegneranno, e molti rimarranno disorientati per sempre; passeranno gli anni, e finalmente scompariremo.

Niente di nuovo sul fronte occidentale è il racconto gentile e delicato di una generazione travolta e stravolta dalla Prima Guerra Mondiale, una guerra diversa da tutte le precedenti, incapace di risparmiare i civili e rispettare qualunque limite. ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Jul 28, 2023 |
I see why Hitler burned it. (27) ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
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Remarque, Erich MariaAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Österling, AndersTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bournac, OlivierTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Draganova, EmiliyaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Faulks, SebastianIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Lawrence, TomReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Murdoch, BrianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serraillier, AnneEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Westphalen, TilmanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.
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We are at rest five miles behind the front.
The war has ruined us for everything.
We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces. The first bomb, the first explosion, burst in our hearts. We are cut off from activity, from striving, from progress. We believe in such things no longer, we believe in the war.
But now, for the first time, I see you are a man like me. I thought of your hand-grenades, of your bayonet, of your rifle; now I see your wife and your face and our fellowship. Forgive me, comrade. We always see it too late. Why do they never tell us that you are poor devils like us, that your mothers are just as anxious as ours, and that we have the same fear of death, and the same dying and the same agony.
Every little bean should be heard as well as seen.
We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out.
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Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. Paul Baumer is just 19 years old when he and his classmates enlist. They are Germany's Iron Youth who enter the war with high ideals and leave it disillusioned or dead. As Paul struggles with the realities of the man he has become, and the inscrutable world to which he must return, he is led like a ghost of his former self into the war's final hours. All Quiet is one of the greatest war novels of all time, an eloquent expression of the futility, hopelessness and irreparable losses of war.

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Svetoznámy príbeh siedmych spolužiakov vohnaných do sveta surového násilia je realistickým zobrazením hrôz 1. svetovej vojny.
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