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By Emilio Lussu,Mark Thompson,Gregory Conti

A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author's event as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of worldwide battle I. Taking its position along works by way of Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu's memoir is likely one of the such a lot affecting debts to come back out of the 1st global struggle. A vintage in Italy yet nearly unknown within the English-speaking global, it unearths, in spare and indifferent prose, the just about farcical aspect of the conflict as obvious by way of a Sardinian officer combating the Austrian military at the Asiago plateau in northeastern Italy, the alpine entrance so poignantly evoked via Ernest Hemingway in A Farewell to Arms.

For Lussu, June 1916 to July 1917 was once a yr of continuing attacks on impregnable trenches, absurd missions concocted through commanders packed with patriotic rhetoric and conceit yet missing in tactical ability, and episodes frequently tragic and occasionally ugly, the place the incompetence of his personal facet was once as harmful because the assaults waged by means of the enemy. a unprecedented firsthand account of the Italian entrance, Lussu's memoir succeeds in staging a fierce indictment of the futility of struggle in a dry, usually ironic type that units his story thoroughly except the Western entrance of Remarque and provides an astonishingly glossy voice to the literature of the nice War.

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