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All Quiet on the Western Front

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Author: Remarque, Erich Maria / Wheen, Arthur Wesley (TRANS)
ISBN: 9780449911495 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria RemarqueÕs 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 BŠumer, 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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ÒThe 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.ÓÑThe New York Times Book Review

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