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Critical Insights: All Quiet on the Western Front

A great starting point for students or casual readers looking for a introduction to the themes and discussions on Erich Maria Remarque's novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.

Finally, the truth about war, reviewers proclaimed when All Quiet on the Western Front was published in 1928, ten years after World War I had ended. Shockingly direct, it painted a decidedly unromantic portrait of the war in which Remarque had briefly fought and quickly became an international sensation. Around the world, readers who were still trying to comprehend the war and the devastation it had wreaked across the land, society, and culture of Western Europe found an answer in. And today, even after eighty years and after tens of millions of soldiers have died in wars, readers keep turning to the novel for answers.

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