All Quiet On The Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque’s novel has been made into a theatrical film (1930) and a made-for-television film (1979).  Another film version is planned. His novel was one of those selected for burning by the Nazis.

The protagonist, Paul Bäumer, a German soldier who—urged on by his school teacher—joins the German army shortly after the start of World War I.  Remarque wrote:

This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped (its) shells, were destroyed by the war.

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