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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

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All Quiet on the Western Front - 1929

by Remarque, Erich Maria

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London: Putnam, 1929. A first edition, first printing published by Putnam in 1929. A near fine book without inscriptions - small ticket removal evident to the top corner of the front endpaper. Some offsetting to the endpapers. A touch of spotting to the page edges. In the true first issue dust wrapper which has some minor chipping to the spine tips and corners. Exceptionally rare World War One novel.
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About this book

All Quiet on the Western Front is a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque. The book is narrated by Paul Bäumer, a young soldier who enlists in the German army during World War I. It follows the experiences of Bäumer and his comrades as they confront the harsh realities of trench warfare and struggle to cope with the physical and psychological trauma of the war. The novel is a powerful and poignant critique of the futility and brutality of war, and its impact on the lives of soldiers who are often treated as mere cannon fodder by their superiors. Remarque's masterful prose and vivid descriptions of the horrors of war make All Quiet on the Western Front a classic of modern literature.

In 1930, the novel was adapted into an acclaimed film directed by Lewis Milestone. It was the first talkie war film to win an Oscar. In 1979 it was adapted again into a television film by Delbert Mann starring Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine. In 2022 a new film was released directed by Edward Berger. This last adaptation won four Oscars.

First Edition Identification

All Quiet on the Western Front’s true first edition was published in Germany (Im Propylaen-Verlagy; Berlin, 1929). Beige cloth lettered in maroon and black. The novel by Erich Maria Remarque was originally serialized in the Vossische Zeitung in late 1928, and then published in book form firstly in German in January 1929, preceding the English and American first editions. The original title in German was Im Westen nichts Neues.