All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel

Paperback | September 29, 1996

byErich Maria RemarqueTranslated byArthur Wesley Wheen

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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.

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“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

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Now repackaged--the timeless classic of World War I Germany that speaks to generation after generation.

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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 testame...

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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 ...

Erich Maria Remarque, who was born in Germany, was drafted into the German army during World War I. Through the hazardous years following the war he worked at many occupations: schoolteacher, small-town drama critic, race-car driver, editor of a sports magazine. His first novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, was published in Germany ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.55 inPublished:September 29, 1996Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0449911497

ISBN - 13:9780449911495

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Now repackaged--the timeless classic of World War I Germany that speaks to generation after generation.

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“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

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FROM: The Best Book I Ever ReadThis is unquestionably the greatest war novel written about World War I, if not all wars. Remarque's literary style is captivating, powerful, and haunting. On numerous occasions you feel that you are very much a part of the characters' lives, experiencing what they experience. More importantly, this is a philosophical tale of why people go to war to kill others. From the German trenches to the hilarity of rest places behind the front lines, this novelgets my vote for the best book I've ever read.