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A classic novel of French fighting men during the First World War
Every great event inspires the writers of its time. Among the works they create are novels, some of which have become widely recognised as classics and which are known by almost everyone whether they have read the book or not. Tolstoy's War and Peace is one such, remarkable for its depiction of Russia in the early nineteenth century and the age of Napoleon. Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front is another, widely admired for its portrayal of the First World War from the perspective of the German Army. Irrespective of the deserved status of these works, translation to the movie screen assists the phenomenon. Inevitably, there are works less well known to many but which those 'in the know' recognise as literary achievements of equal worth and stature. This book, Under Fire (Le Feu) is such a book. It is a classic novel of the experience of the Great War from the perspective of French soldiers who fought in the trenches. Whilst it is a novel, it derives its remarkable authenticity of atmosphere, detail, characterisation and events from the actual wartime experiences of its author, Henri Barbusse, who served as a soldier on the front line. Indeed, his book, a stark anti-war portrayal of the ordeals of ordinary poilou under fire is dedicated to his fallen comrades from the battles at Crouy and on Hill 119 which took place in 1915. Readers should be prepared for both a portrayal of men at war in the raw and experiences of tragic intensity. This is, of course, an essential work of twentieth century literature and is highly recommended. Available in softcover and hardcover with dustjacket. Leonaur hardcovers are full bound in real cloth with gold foil lettering on their spines and feature fabric head and tail bands.
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Henri Barbusse (1873–1935) was a volunteer who fought in World War I, a noted pacifist, and later a communist. His novels include Clarte and The Knife Between the Teeth.
Robin Buss is a writer and translator who works for theIndependent on Sunday and as television critic for The Times Educational Supplement. He studied at the University of Paris, where he took a degree and a doctorate in French literature. He is part-author of the article 'French Literature' in Encyclopaedia Britannica and has published critical studies of works by Vigny and Cocteau, and three books on European cinema, The French Through Their Films (1988), Italian Films (1989) and French Film Noir (1994). He has also translated a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.
One of the most influential of all war novels, Henri BarbusseÆs La Feu appeared in 1916à and sold 200,000 copies in French. (History Today)
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Book Description Paperback. Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Seller Inventory # GOR001765636
Book Description Paperback. Condition: Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. Seller Inventory # GOR006308819
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd, 1971. Hardcover. Condition: Good. A few small marks to the page edges. Minor Shelfwear. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0009097559
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Book Description J.M. Dent, London, 1965. Soft cover. Condition: Good. Everyman Library paperback 1798. Unread, crease across right corner of front cover, some page edges foxed, contents clean. Seller Inventory # 017313
Book Description J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, London, 1975. Condition: fair. Reprint Edition. 343, wraps, some pencil underlining & notations, old price blacked out inside front flyleaf front cover weak, covers worn, rear cover creased. Seller Inventory # 43585
Book Description J M Dent & Sons, London, 1974. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Reprint. Light reading creases to sunned spine, old price to front endpaper, some underlining to title, introduction and other Everyman titles at rear. ; Everyman library paperback no 1798. Nice tight copy, no names inside. Cover drawing by Eric Fraser. Translated from the original French by W Fitzwater Wray. Introduction by Brian Rhys. ; The Everyman's Library; Vol. 1798; 368 pages; Award winning novel of life in and out of the trenchs during World War I based on the author's own war diaries. Mass Market PB. Seller Inventory # 21957
Book Description Littlehampton Book Services Ltd 01/01/1974, 1974. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Seller Inventory # 6545-9780460017985