Under Fire [Henri Barbusse] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book follows a squad of French volunteer soldiers on the front in France. Under fire; the story of a squad. by Barbusse, Henri, ; Wray, W. Fitzwater. Publication date . Topics World War, -- Fiction. Publisher. About Under Fire. Based on his own experience of the Great War, Henri Barbusse's novel is a powerful account of one of the greatest horrors.
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He under fire barbusse to have taken notes for the novel while still in the trenches; after being injured and reassigned from the front, he wrote and published the novel while working at the War Office in Its unique position of being published before the end of the war under fire barbusse the so-called "war book boom" took place only in the s — led to its being widely read.
They are the men who were watching there, and could not extricate themselves from the mud.
All their efforts to escape over the sticky escarpment of the trench that was slowly and fatally filling with water only dragged them still more into the depth.
They died clinging to the yielding support of the earth. There, our first lines are; and there, the first German lines, equally silent and flooded. On our way to these flaccid ruins we pass through the middle of what yesterday was the zone of terror, the awful space on whose threshold the fierce rush of our last attack was forced to stop, the No Man's Land which bullets and shells had not ceased to furrow for a year and a half, where their crossed fire during these latter days had furiously swept the ground from one horizon to the other.
Now, it is a field of rest. The ground is everywhere dotted with beings who sleep or who are on the under fire barbusse to die, slowly moving, lifting an arm, lifting the head. The enemy trench is completing the process of foundering into itself, among great marshy undulations and funnel-holes, shaggy with mud: Here and there we can see the still overhanging banks begin to move, crumble, under fire barbusse fall down.
In one place we can lean against it. In this bewildering circle of filth there are no bodies. But there, worse than a body, a solitary arm protrudes, bare and white as a stone, from a hole which dimly shows on the other side of the water. The man has been buried in his dug-out and has had only the time to thrust out his arm.
Quite near, we under fire barbusse that some under fire barbusse of earth aligned along the ruined ramparts of this deep-drowned ditch are human.
How can they possibly forget this?
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Around the dead flutter letters that have escaped from pockets or under fire barbusse pouches while they were being placed on the under fire barbusse. Over one of these bits of white paper, whose wings still beat though the mud ensnares them, I stoop slightly and read a sentence—"My dear Henry, what a fine day it is for your birthday!
There is something so poignant to me about those letters fluttering away. Letters are so precious to a soldier. They are creased and folded from countless readings.
They nurse him mentally back to health. They give him hope that someone is thinking about him and that someone under fire barbusse who he was before this war started chipping away at every corner stone of the man he was supposed to be.
Letters are a lifebuoy in a sea of misery. Up there, on high, far away, a flight of fearsome birds, panting powerfully and with broken breath, which can be heard but not seen, spirals upwards to look down upon the earth…. You can see a maze of long ditches in which the last remnants of night linger.
This is the trench. Then slowly names and features are under fire barbusse to the men under fire barbusse emerge from the muck.
We meet the squad and for the rest of the novel, we glimpse the mundane and the tragic as they wend their way through the battlefields. Intermingled with details of how soldiers navigate daily life in the under fire barbusse atmosphere of the trenches and surrounding areas are both poetic, harrowing descriptions and a political, pacifist argument under fire barbusse this war and war more generally that culminates in final chapter set within and beyond the war zone.
In snippets, we see members of the squad go through their daily routines: Through it all, they talk about the war, attempting to make sense of the altered world in which they find themselves. They can also be seen as archetypes.
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