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This is a rediscovered, controversial classic of war literature. First published in 1930, "Fear" graphically describes the terrible experiences of soldiers during World War I. It tells the story of Jean Dartemont, a young man called up in 1915. He is not a rebel, but neither is he awed by hierarchical authority. After an exceedingly short training period, he refuses to follow his platoon and is sent to Artois in the trenches. With absolute realism, Gabriel Chevallier depicts what he experienced every day, for months: violence, blood, death, bodies...One day, he is wounded, evacuated and hospitalised. The nurses consider it their duty to stimulate the soldiers' fighting spirit, and so ask Jean what he did at the front. He replies: 'I was afraid'.
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The most beautiful book ever written on the tragic events that blood-stained Europe for nearly five years ... a classic (Le Libertaire)
All the horrors of war are there, but atrocity alone would not be enough to explain the grandeur of this text. It is the healthy defiance and controlled anger which earned the book its stripes (Le Figaro)
It is the fear of the condemned man that is described here: fear that sometimes paralyses and sometimes excites by separating strength from courage. These pages which would have had the author shot during the war, we read them with amazement brought on by their complete honesty. (Le Soir)
What Chevallier wanted to write with Fear is a straightforward, honest book, from which all artifice is absent; a work that gives the reader the exact measure of war. Chevallier has had the courage to strip war of all its prestige by admitting: I was frightened (Liberté)
Gabriel Chevallier, best known for his magnificent novel Clochemerle, has used his experiences during World War I to produce a work of great intensity, comparable to such great literary masterpieces of the period as Henri Barbusse's Under Fire (Kathy Stevenson Daily Mail)
There are enough flashes of intense colour and incident to make this translation a worthwhile exercise (Toby Clements Sunday Telegraph)
Chevallier's pen is as sharp as a bayonet in exposing the arrogance and stupidity of commanding officers ... The power of the novel is increased by deft variations of pace ... There are eloquent soliloquies on nationalism and individual liberty, and impassioned arguments on the nature of war and its effects on those who wage it, by the only men truly qualified to speak of them ... Fear is being billed as a French All Quiet on the Western Front, and in this fine translation by Malcolm Imrie it is a fair claim (Gavin Bell Herald)
One of the most affective indictments of war ever written (Tobias Grey Bookself)
Elegant and compelling ... should be required reading (Scotsman)
Excoriating ... A bravura work, fearless from start to finish, pitiless in its targets, passionate in its empathy (Neil Fitzgerald Times Literary Supplement)
A rediscovered, controversial classic of war literature with a new introduction by John Berger
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Book Description Non Basic Stock Line, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111846687268
Book Description Non Basic Stock Line, 2011. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1846687268