Erich Maria Remarque: Im Westen nichts Neues [All Quiet on the Western Front]

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  • Alfred D. White (University of Wales, Cardiff)

In 1927 Remarque decided to write about the Great War, partly in order to express the trauma he carried from his own experiences as a soldier on the front line. The result is something between reportage and novel, not claiming to reproduce particular events yet never far from lived experience. Im Westen nichts Neues [All Quiet on the Western Front] was first serialized in 1928 in the Vossische Zeitung. The book edition of 1929 sold 3.5 million copies in the first 18 months after its publication. Remarque narrates almost without a cohesive plot, working through standard situations in a soldier’s life between 1914 and 1918: naïve enthusiasm, training, loss of friends, alienation …

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White, Alfred D.. "Im Westen nichts Neues". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 November 2005
[, accessed 03 July 2015.]

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