In this anthology, Sebastian Faulks has collected samples of the the best fictional writing about war in the 20th century. From the First World War to the Gulf War, they depict the soldier’s experience from call-up to demobilisation and after. Truly international in scope, the anthology includes writing by Erich Maria Remarque and Pat Barker, Isaac Babel and Ernest Hemingway, Heinrich Böll and Norman Mailer, J.G.Ballard and Tim O’Brien, Julian Barnes and Louis de Bernières. Together, these writers not only evoke the horrors of war, but also illuminate its friendships, quieter moments and unexpected humour.
The anthology was co-edited by German-born Vintage editor, Jörg Hensgen.