Originally published in 1929, All Quiet on the Western Front was written by World War I veteran Erich Maria Remarque. The book has since become a modern classic for its depiction of the extreme mental and physical stress experienced by German soldiers on the frontline. It also examines the detachment they feel as those who survive return to civilian life. A huge hit upon its publication, within the first 18 months, it had been translated into 22 languages and sold over 2.5 million copies. During the reign of the Nazis, the book was burned in their infamous book burning campaigns.
Those who have read and enjoyed the novel will be intrigued to learn that a film adaptation has been produced by Netflix, and the first trailer has been released, which you can check out below:
Netflix’s description of the film reads: “All Quiet on the Western Front tells the gripping story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns into desperation and fear as they fight for their lives, and each other, in the trenches. The film from director Edward Berger is based on the world renowned bestseller of the same name by Erich Maria Remarque.”