Under Fire ebook

by Henri Barbusse

Under Fire: The Story of a Squad (French: Le Feu: journal d'une escouade) by Henri Barbusse (December 1916), was one of the first novels about World War I to be published.

Under Fire: The Story of a Squad (French: Le Feu: journal d'une escouade) by Henri Barbusse (December 1916), was one of the first novels about World War I to be published. Although it is fiction, the novel was based on Barbusse's experiences as a French soldier on the Western Front

Literally, nothing much happens in this book until it is three quarters done.

Literally, nothing much happens in this book until it is three quarters done. Barbusse, I was aware, is noted for his graphic depiction of the horrors of World War 1. When he does get to describing a battle and its consequences he lives up to this reputation in spades. In fact hid descriptions are so graphic as to be almost obscene. A different reader may believe this to be a good thing - factually describing war in all its misery and horror.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. This book follows a squad of French volunteer soldiers on the front in France after the German invasion. The anecdotes are episodic in nature.

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They settle down again under the blankets and on the pillows, looking to heaven and the high peaks. But in spite of that vast purity, the silence is filled with the dire disclosure of a moment before. War! Some of the invalids break the silence, and say the word again under their breath, reflecting that this is the greatest happening of the age, and perhaps of all ages. Even on the lucid landscape at which they gaze the news casts something like a vague and somber mirage.

The Story of a Squad. Barbusse first came to fame with the publication of his novel Le Feu (translated as Under Fire) in 1916, which was based on his experiences during World War I. By this time, Barbusse had become a pacifist, and his writing demonstrated his growing hatred of militarism. Le Feu drew criticism at the time for its harsh naturalism, but won the Prix Goncourt. Translated by Fitzwater Wray.

Under Fire (originally published in French as Le Feu) drew criticism at the time of its publication for its brutal detail, but went on to win the Prix Goncourt, a prestigious literary award that Henri Barbusse-a World War I soldier wh. .

There is no cure for the world’s disease. Some one coughs, and then the Vision is swallowed up in the huge sunlit peace of the lush meadows. In the rich colours of the glowing kine, the black forests, the green fields and the blue distance, dies the reflection of the fire where the old world burns and breaks.

Henri Barbusse (May 17, 1873 – August 30, 1935) was a French novelist and a member of the French Communist Party

Henri Barbusse (May 17, 1873 – August 30, 1935) was a French novelist and a member of the French Communist Party. he son of a French father and an English mother, Barbusse was born in Asnières-sur-Seine, France in 1873. Henri Barbusse (May 17, 1873 – August 30, 1935) was a French novelist and a member of the French Communist Party. Although he grew up in a small town, he left for Paris in 1889, at age 16.

Under Fire: The Story of a Squad. So there we are, trifling and grinning, like beggars whose plea still hangs fire. Lamuse whispers to me, in a torment of fear and cupidity, "Let's hope she'll catch on, the filthy old slut. Читать онлайн бесплатно. Henri Barbusse Under Fire: The Story of a Squad. Lamuse, following close on my heels, saw nothing, and I do not tell him. He will discover quite soon enough the bright presence of that lovely flame where he would fain cast himself bodily, though it evades him like a Will-o'-th'-wisp. It's grand here, and, you know, everything else is pinched!"

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Barbusse's Under Fire can be compared to Remarque's All Quiet On the Western Front, although published earlier and during the war. The narrator relates the travails of the men in his unit as they endure tedium behind the front, physical deprivation, alienation from command, estrangement from civilians, resentment of shirkers, and other universal tropes of the war. Colorful slang and euphemism from the period lend the narrative a distinctive French character, as do the proletarian backgrounds and diverse personalities of the conscript poilus. Barbusse is a spellbinding writer even in translation and the book is filled with memorable quotations, images, and drama.

Great war memoirs from different belligerent countries illustrate the ways in which the war destroyed and re-formed civilization. Under Fire eloquently captures many of the French experiences and lessons of the war. Barbusse drew socialist conclusions and his last chapter unwittingly foreshadows totalitarianism. Barbusse himself ended up as an apologist for Stalin, and Under Fire provides unintended insight into one way that revulsion from the first industrial war contributed to the greater horrors of the second.
This is one of the classic antiwar novels ever written. It follows a squad of French soldiers during the first two years of World War One. It is brutal and at times horrific in its descriptions of life, and very often death, in the front line trenches. It also focuses on the psychological aspects of the horror and sufferings of the men in combat. Those interested in WWI will find this work of great value. The only other work I have found to rival it in describing the Great War is All Quiet on the Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque.
Henri Barbusse (1873-1935) was a middle-aged journalist when the guns of August were unleased on Western Civilization in 1914. Barbusse enlisted in the French Army serving eighteen months in the trenches. This novel was published in 1915 to huge sales and critical acclaim. Many officers requested copies of the book to distribute to their troops. It is a brutal, graphic and heartbreaking account of life and sudden death on the battlefield.
One of the literary pluses of the novel is the descriptive and poetic power of Barbusse's prose. We learn of the lives of his fellow soldiers, their longings and their desire to live through the bombardments which fall on their heads. Barbusse tells us of their love affairs, fears and dreams. He describes in detail the grisly death of many of his fellow soldiers. We lean over their shoulder as they read letters from home; meet cowards and civilans who have no concept of the horrors of modern technological warfaree. This is a description of war totally devoid of all romanticism. It is war as it is actually experienced. Barbusse's descriptions of the dead will never be forgotten by the reader.
The last pages of the novel are the most powerful. Barbusse makes a plea for pacifism as he excoriates the governmental and military donkeys who lead men into senseless suicidal charges across the no man's land of trenches. Barbusse became a well known anti-war advocate who became a Communist party member. Barbusse died in Moscow.
Under Fire is in that select company of great World War I novels and autobiographies which include Robert Graves' "Good-bye to All That"; Ernst Junger's "Storm of Steel"; John Dos Passos "Three Comrades" Vera Brittain's "Testament of Youth" and Erich M. Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front." It is an essential soldier level view of the mechanized murder which was World War I and remains all wars. The book proves General William Tecumseh's Sherman's remark that "War is Hell."
According to some observers, it's amazing that this book was allowed to be published at the time it was, during the First World War. Whole official propagandists were busy generating fantastically optimistic and gilded fiction about life in the trenches, Barbusse told it as it was. It may seem remote today, but this first "industrial war" marked a dramatic change in warfare and he was there.
Captures the souls of soldiers living in horrific WW1 trenches, going over the top, and getting trapped in no man's land. Plodding at times. I've never read a better account of a soldier's life and misery.
An eye opener on the terrors of WW1 and trench life.
The original, influential book on world war 1, that was a model to the English writers, Graves and Blunden. His eye for human detail and their degrading environment is superb.
This book gives a good impression of the life of a World War I French soldier. Little details in the narrative show that the book was written by a man familiar with a French soldier's life in the trenches. So anyone interested in an historic,eye-witness account of French military life in the first world war will enjoy reading this book. The predictable outcome of the plot, however, is ultimately sad and futile. The problem with the book for me was that Barbusse, a committed Marxist who lived in the Soviet Union after the war, loads the narrative with pages of Marxist dogma and propaganda thus slowing down the pace of the story. If you can put up with Barbusse's political comments (or skip these pages entirely) you will probably enjoy" Under Fire."
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