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Based on his own experience of the Great War, Henri Barbusse's novel is a powerful account of one of the greatest horrors mankind has inflicted on itself.

For the group of ordinary men in the French Sixth Battalion, thrown together from all over France and longing for home, war is simply a matter of survival, lightened only by the arrival of their rations or a glimpse of a pretty girl or a brief reprieve in the hospital. Reminiscent of classics like Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, Under Fire (originally published in French as La Feu) vividly evokes life in the trenches: the mud, stench, and monotony of waiting while constantly fearing for one's life in an infernal and seemingly eternal battlefield.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143039044
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Series: Penguin Classics
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 466,890
Product dimensions: 5.09(w) x 7.69(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Henri Barbusse (1873–1935) was a volunteer who fought in World War I, a noted pacifist, and later a communist. His novels include Clarte and The Knife Between the Teeth.

Robin Buss is a writer and translator who works for theIndependent on Sunday and as television critic for The Times Educational Supplement. He studied at the University of Paris, where he took a degree and a doctorate in French literature. He is part-author of the article 'French Literature' in Encyclopaedia Britannica and has published critical studies of works by Vigny and Cocteau, and three books on European cinema, The French Through Their Films (1988), Italian Films (1989) and French Film Noir (1994). He has also translated a number of volumes for Penguin Classics.

Table of Contents

Under FireIntroduction
Translator's Note

Under Fire
1. The Vision
2. In the Ground
3. The Descent
4. Volpatte and Fouillade
5. Sanctuary
6. Habits
7. Embarkation
8. Leave
9. Mighty Anger
10. Argoval
11. The Dog
12. The Doorway
13. Swearwords
14. Kit
15. The Egg
16. Idyll
17. The Sap
18. The Matches
19. Bombardment
20. Fire
21. The First-Aid Post
22. The Jaunt
23. The Fatigue
24. Dawn

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One of the most influential of all war novels, Henri Barbusse's La Feu appeared in 1916à and sold 200,000 copies in French. (History Today)

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marcLeroux84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found it to be a hard book to get through, but it is as vivid a depiction of life in the trenches as you can find. He accurately depicts the difference in perspectives that people had, depending to their proximity to the front. For anyone who is interested in life in the trenches during the Great War, this should be a must read.