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Under Fire Henri Barbusse

Under Fire By Henri Barbusse

Under Fire by Henri Barbusse


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Summary

Follows the fortune of a French battalion during the First World War. This title presents a critique of inequality between ranks, the incomprehension of those who have not experienced battle, and of war itself.

Under Fire Summary

Under Fire by Henri Barbusse

A searing, unflinchingly realist novel about life at war, written during the First World War

'Men are made to be husbands, fathers - men, in short! Not animals that hunt one another down'

Under Fire follows the fortune of a French battalion during the First World War. For this group of ordinary men, thrown together from all over France and longing for home, war is simply a matter of survival, and the arrival of their rations, a glimpse of a pretty girl or a brief reprieve in hospital is all they can hope for.

Based directly on Henri Barbusse's experiences of the trenches, Under Fire is the most famous French novel of the First World War, starkly evoking the mud, stench and monotony of an eternal battlefield. It is also a powerful critique of inequality between ranks, the incomprehension of those who have not experienced battle, and of war itself.

Under Fire Reviews

One of the most influential of all war novels * History Today *

About Henri Barbusse

Henri Barbusses was born in 1873 in Asnieres-sur-Seine, France. He fought as a volunteer in the First World War, which inspired his masterpiece Under Fire (1916). The book was criticised for its harsh naturalism and hatred for militarism, but won the Prix Goncourt. A noted pacifist and later a communist, Barbusse's socialist novel Clarte (1920) lent its name to a short-lived internationalist movement. His other works include The Knife Between the Teeth (1921) and Le Judas de Jesus (1927). Henri Barbusse died in the Soviet Union in 1935, of pneumonia. He was writing a second biography of Stalin at the time.

Additional information

GOR010340541
9780141393438
0141393432
Under Fire by Henri Barbusse
Used - Like New
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
20140317
352
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins

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