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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 Bäumer, 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. “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
"A new English translation by Brian Murdoch of the German war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque, with an introduction by historian Norman Stone, a bibliography, and chronology"--
This 1929 novel served as Remarque's attempt to confront and ultimately rid himself of the graphic and haunting memories of his time serving in World War I. A novel with autobiographical overtones, ""All Quiet on the Western Front"" traces the evolution of one man's powerful antiwar sentiments. This new title in the ""Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations"" series features a fresh selection of full-length critical essays, in addition to a bibliography, a chronology of the author's life, and an introduction by esteemed scholar Harold Bloom.
A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front, written in 1929 as a reflection of WWI. As a work considered to be historical fiction, All Quiet on the Western Front focuses less on the story of war and more on the mental and physical destruction of those involved. Moreover, as a WWI veteran himself, Remarque delivers authentic and raw accounts of war using various techniques. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Remarque’s classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons it has stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.
Unlock the more straightforward side of All Quiet on the Western Front with this concise and insightful summary and analysis! This engaging summary presents an analysis of All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, the world famous novel in which he paints a vivid portrait of the horrors of war, inspired by his own experience in the First World War. Through the eyes of the young Paul Bäumer, the reader discovers the atrocities of an absurd conflict, as well as the solidarity and fraternity of the simple soldiers. The novel made him an enemy of the Nazis, who burnt many of his books during the Second World War. Since then, however, the novel has been adapted into an Oscar-winning movie starring Lew Ayres. Find out everything you need to know about All Quiet on the Western Front in a fraction of the time! This in-depth and informative reading guide brings you: • A complete plot summary • Character studies • Key themes and symbols • Questions for further reflection Why choose BrightSummaries.com? Available in print and digital format, our publications are designed to accompany you in your reading journey. The clear and concise style makes for easy understanding, providing the perfect opportunity to improve your literary knowledge in no time. See the very best of literature in a whole new light with BrightSummaries.com!