Fear

ISBN-10: 1590177169
ISBN-13: 9781590177167
Edition: 2014
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Description: An NYRB Classics OriginalWinner of the 2013 Scott Moncrief Prize for Translation from the FrenchFear is a classic of war literature, a book to place on the shelf with Storm of Steel, A Farewell to Arms, and Going After Cacciato. Jean Dartemont, the  More...

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 5/20/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

An NYRB Classics OriginalWinner of the 2013 Scott Moncrief Prize for Translation from the FrenchFear is a classic of war literature, a book to place on the shelf with Storm of Steel, A Farewell to Arms, and Going After Cacciato. Jean Dartemont, the hero of Gabriel Chevallier's autobiographical novel, enters what was not yet known as World War I in 1915, when it was just beginning to be clear that a war that all the combatants were initially confident would move swiftly to a conclusion was instead frozen murderously in place. After enduring the horrors of the trenches and the deadly leagues of no-man's-land stretching beyond them, Jean is wounded and hospitalized. Away from the front, he confronts the relentless blindness of the authorities and much of the general public to the hideous realities of modern, mechanized combat. Jean decides he must resist. How? By telling the simple truth. Urged to encourage new recruits with tales of derring-do service, Jean does not mince words. What did he do on the battlefield? He responds like a man: "I was afraid." Acclaimed as "the most beautiful book ever written on the tragic events that blood-stained Europe" for five years, prosecuted on first publication as an act of sedition, Fear appears for the first time in the United States in Malcolm Imrie's poetic and prizewinning translation on the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the conflict with which the twentieth century came into its own. Chevallier's masterpiece remains, in the words of John Berger, "a book of the utmost urgency and relevance."

Ralph Rumney (1934-2002) was the founder of the London Psychogeographical Society, a precursor of the Situationist International (1957). Rumney was recently the subject of two retrospective exhibitions.Malcolm Imrie's translations include Guy Debord's Comments on the Society of the Spectacle and Jos� Pierre's Investigating Sex: Surrealist Research 1928-1932.

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