Under Fire

Under Fire

Book - 2004
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Based on his own experience of the Great War, Henri Barbusse's novel is a powerful account of one of the greatest horrors mankind has inflicted on itself.

For the group of ordinary men in the French Sixth Battalion, thrown together from all over France and longing for home, war is simply a matter of survival, lightened only by the arrival of their rations or a glimpse of a pretty girl or a brief reprieve in the hospital. Reminiscent of classics like Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front , Under Fire (originally published in French as La Feu ) vividly evokes life in the trenches: the mud, stench, and monotony of waiting while constantly fearing for one's life in an infernal and seemingly eternal battlefield.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780143039044
Branch Call Number: BARBUSSE H
Characteristics: xxii, 318 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Buss, Robin


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Jul 18, 2018

Now we can add the name of Henri Barbusse and Under Fire to that of: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo and They Marched into Daylight by David Maraniss. Barbusse makes an important contribution to the history of the First World War from the perspective of the actual combatant. Gruesome and visceral in its description the only weakness was due to the translation. Too bad VPL doesn't have any other of his work in English.


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