Fear

Fear

A Novel of World War I

Book - 2014
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"Fear is a classic of war literature, a book to place on the shelf with Storm of Steel, A Farewell to Arms, and Going After Cacciato. Jean Dartemont, the hero of Gabriel Chevallier's autobiographical novel, enters what was not yet known as World War I in 1915, when it was just beginning to be clear that a war that all the combatants were initially confident would move swiftly to a conclusion was instead frozen murderously in place. After enduring the horrors of the trenches and the deadly leagues of no-man's-land stretching beyond them, Jean is wounded and hospitalized. Away from the front, he confronts the relentless blindness of the authorities and much of the general public to the hideous realities of modern, mechanized combat. Jean decides he must resist. How? By telling the simple truth. Urged to encourage new recruits with tales of derring-do service, Jean does not mince words. What did he do on the battlefield? He responds like a man: "I was afraid." Acclaimed as "the most beautiful book ever written on the tragic events that blood-stained Europe" for five years, prosecuted on first publication as an act of sedition, Fear appears for the first time in the United States in Malcolm Imrie's poetic and prizewinning translation on the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the conflict with which the twentieth century came into its own. Chevallier's masterpiece remains, in the words of John Berger, "a book of the utmost urgency and relevance.""-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781590177167
1590177169
Branch Call Number: CHEVALLIER
Characteristics: xv, 305 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Imrie, Malcolm - Translator

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List - The Great War Fiction
AL_KATI Nov 03, 2017

After Jean is wounded in battle, he vows to tell the world about the atrocities he's seen but the public and the government continue to send men to their deaths. Originally published in France in 1930, the novel is a loose retelling of Gabriel Chevallier's own experiences.


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