Le Feu (Journal d'une escouade): Barbusse, Henri Le Feu (Journal d'une escouade): Barbusse, Henri Le Feu (Journal d'une escouade): Barbusse, Henri Le Feu (Journal d'une escouade): Barbusse, Henri

Le Feu (Journal d'une escouade)

Barbusse, Henri

Published by Ernest Flammarion, Paris, 1916
Condition: Good Soft cover

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8vo. 378pp. In the publisher's original, glassine protected printed wrappers. 1" x 1/2" tear to left top of glassine. 1/2" tear to top left hinge of cover. Fore- and bottom page edges untrimmed. Some browning and very minor tears to pages, not affecting text. ['citation à l'ordre' tipped in]On the author:Henri Barbusse (1873 - 1935) was a French novelist, journalist and an active communist.He came to fame with the publication of his novel Le Feu (translated as Under Fire) in 1916, which was based on his experiences during World War I. It shows his growing hatred of militarism and drew criticism at the time for its harsh naturalism. His book won the Prix Goncourt. His later works, Manifeste aux Intellectuels, Elevations (1930) and others show a more definitively revolutionary standpoint. Of these, the 1921 Le Couteau entre les dents (The Knife Between the Teeth) marks Barbusse's siding with Bolshevism and the October Revolution; he joined the French Communist Party in 1923, and later traveled to the Soviet Union. An associate of Romain Rolland and editor of Clarté, he attempted to define a proletarian literature, akin to both Proletkult and Socialist realism. Barbusse was a convinced Stalinist, and the author of a 1936 biography of Joseph Stalin, titled Staline. Un monde nouveau vu à travers un homme (Stalin. A New World Seen Through the Man). The book was a Western equivalent of the Soviet personality cult and Barbusse led a violent press campaign against his former friend Panait Istrati - a Romanian writer who had expressed criticism of the Soviet state. He is buried in Le Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris.On the book:This important text is considered the most challenging novel to have come out about WWI in France. It started a whole genre of critical appreciation of modern warfare. This work of antiwar literature, is by many regarded second in importance only to Erich Maria Remarques Nichts Neues im Westen (Nothing New on the Western Front), and was a wide success with both readers and critics. He won the renowned "Prix Goncourt" for this work. On the inserted slip:In order to protect himself against accusations of cowardice, Barbusse had inserted a reprint of two "citation a l'ordre" [draft notices] to the book. They are tipped-in to the title page: "Citation a l'orde de la Brigade No 7" and "Citation a l'orde de l'armee No 117" (both printed on the same page). Rare. In French. In good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 14723

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Title: Le Feu (Journal d'une escouade)

Publisher: Ernest Flammarion, Paris

Publication Date: 1916

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: First edition.

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