By Pete Ayrton
The nice struggle gave delivery to a couple of the 20 th century's such a lot celebrated writing; from Brooke to Sassoon, the poetry generated by means of the battle is etched into collective reminiscence. however it is in prose fiction that we discover essentially the most profound insights into the war's person and communal tragedies, the horror of existence within the trenches and the grand farce of the 1st commercial war.
Featuring forty-seven writers from twenty various international locations, representing the entire major individuals within the clash, No Man's Land is a really overseas anthology of First international warfare fiction.
Work through Siegfried Sassoon, Erich Maria Remarque, Willa Cather and Rose Macaulay sits along forgotten masterpieces akin to Stratis Myrivilis's existence within the Tomb, Raymond Escholier's Mahmadou Fofana and Mary Borden's The Forbidden quarter. No Man's Land is a superb memorial to the 20th century's such a lot cataclysmic occasion.
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