All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueErich Maria Remarque (Alemania, 1897 Suiza, 1970). Pertenece a la generacion de escritores alemanes que vivieron la experiencia de las dos guerras mundiales. Obligado a abandonar sus estudios cuando solo contaba dieciocho anos de edad y hacia dos que habia empezado la Primera Guerra Mundial, fue incorporado al ejercito y mandado al frente de batalla, donde lucho hasta el termino de la contienda. Ya en la vida Civil intento inutilmente abrirse camino como organista, profesor de musica, maestro y comerciante. Tambien trabajo como periodista, donde adquirio un estilo literario agil y conciso. Luego decide escribir un libro donde narra sus experiencias en las trincheras, cuando fue obligado a luchar y a matar en los Campos de batalla. Y es asi es como surge Sin novedad en el frente (Im Westen Nichts Neues). Empezo publicandose en 1929 en forma de folletin en la Wossische Zeitung. A cada capitulo que aparecia, mayor era el numero de lectores de la revista. Cierto que hubo algunas protestas, pero fueron muchisimas mas las muestras de entusiasmo con que era recibida la obra, sobre todo por la desmitificacion de los heroicismos belicos que representaba frente al violento renacer de los fanatismos guerreros en Alemania.
All Quiet on the Western Front
The book describes the German soldiers' extreme physical and mental stress during the war, and the detachment from civilian life felt by many of these soldiers upon returning home from the front. The novel was first published in November and December in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung and in book form in late January The book and its sequel, The Road Back , were among the books banned and burned in Nazi Germany. All Quiet on the Western Front sold 2. In , the book was adapted as an Academy-Award-winning film of the same name , directed by Lewis Milestone. It was adapted again in by Delbert Mann , this time as a television film starring Richard Thomas and Ernest Borgnine. Brian Murdoch's translation would render the phrase as "there was nothing new to report on the Western Front" within the narrative.
From the SparkNotes Blog
Too innocent and inexperienced at first to foresee the violent shift in his thinking, Paul, whose last name comes from the German word for tree , must learn to bend and sway with violent forces in order to remain firmly rooted in reality and to survive the inhuman buffeting that besets the German army. His thought processes are continually pulled to and fro, from the romantic notions of war he learned in school to the horrific lessons he absorbs through war's random destruction of his friends. Paul's delicacy and understanding extends to advice about tossing away underpants soiled by the young soldier during his first bombardment. The reader assumes that Paul himself has endured such unbridled terror and loss of bodily control. Two years into the war, Paul, at age twenty, feels "cut off from activity, from striving, from progress" and acknowledges that he no longer believes in the values he once held dear. Impotent before the grinding, relentless war machine, like the rats he and the others kill, he races from cover to cover, protecting himself and avenging himself on the faceless enemy.