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Erich Maria Remarque ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT Hardback 1929

Erich Maria Remarque ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT Hardback 1929

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First UK edition, September 1929 twentieth reprint hardback of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Erich Maria Remarque and translated from the German by A. W. Wheen. First published in England by G. P. Putnam's Sons Publishers, London in March 1929. This print completing 300,000 copies.

The book is in good condition with very slight wear (Grey textured cloth boards and dark green lettering on on front and on spine which has only minor tanning and light creasing to spine edges). No dust jacket. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions. There is slight tanning and foxing to pages / page ends and a folding crease along the front endpaper.

Erich Maria Remarque, pseudonym of Erich Paul Remark (1898-1970) was drafted into the German army at the age of 18 and was wounded several times. After the war he worked as a racing-car driver and as a sportswriter while working on All Quiet on the Western Front. The book was an immediate international success. Remarque wrote several other novels. Some had popular success, but none achieved the critical prestige of his first book.

All Quiet On The Western Front is based on his own experiences as a young soldier in the first World War, and it stands as one of the most powerful works of anti-war literature ever written and became an International Bestseller. The novel was first published in November and December 1928 in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung and in book form in late January 1929. The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front. The book and its sequel, The Road Back, were among the books banned and burned in Nazi Germany. It sold 2.5 million copies in 22 languages in its first eighteen months in print.

The 1930 film, directed by Lewis Milestone and featuring Lew Ayres, won the Academy Award for both Milestone and Best Picture.

"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 of hate that meaninglessly pits young men of the same generation but different uniforms against each other - if only he can come out of the war alive."

From the original jacket:

"Erich Maria Remarque was born thirty-one years ago. He belongs to a family of French extraction that emigrated into Germany at the time of the French Revolution, and settled in the Rhineland. At the age of eighteen, he went straight from school into the army, and was sent to the Western Front. During the course of the war, his mother died and all his friends were killed. At the end of the war, he found himself alone in the world. His subsequent history Is typical of the deep unrest that men of his generation experienced as a result of the war.

At first he felt the need of rest and quiet, and became a teacher In a small out-of-the-way village on the moors. Then in quick succession he became as organist in an asylum, a music teacher, a manager of a small business, motor-car dealer, technical draughtsman, and dramatic critic. Then he lived for a time abroad. Whilst abroad he won a rather large sum at roulette, and with this he travelled. On his return he became foreign correspondent for a large firm, then publicity manager for the same undertaking, and finally editor and motor specialist in Berlin.

Last year he wrote down, without taking previous thought, his own and his friends' experiences in the war. His book arose out of the consideration that so many men of his generation, who are yet still young, nevertheless lived a friendless, embittered, resigned life, without knowing why. He thought about this circumstance and came to the conclusion that we all today still suffer from this consequences of the war. His book sets out to describe three things': the war, the fate of a generation, and true comradeship."

'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

'Remarque's evocation of the horrors of modern warfare has lost none of its force'— The Times

320 pages.

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