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Everything to Nothing: The Poetry of the Great War, Revolution and the Transformation of Europe

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The poets’ Great War: violence, revolution and modernism

The First World War changed the map of Europe forever. Empires collapsed, new countries were born, revolutions shocked and inspired the world.

This tumult, sometimes referred to as ‘the literary war’, saw an extraordinary outpouring of writing. The conflict opened up a vista of possibilities and tragedies for poetic
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Verso (first published 2008)
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David Sogge
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Given its full title, this book stakes out a big tent. In it, readers might expect to witness highwire acts of cultural criticism and synthesis. Expectations are further heightened where an understanding of Europe’s literary culture, “more specifically a poetic one” in the first violent and tumultuous decades of the 20th century, is at stake. The writer claims that this is “a first attempt” to tell the story of that ‘war culture’ comparatively, across borders, beyond the conventional ‘national p ...more
Laura
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating book on a different way to look at World War 1
Emily
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received this book free from Goodreads Giveaways.

Also, WOW. This book is so detailed and dense (and super fascinating) that it took quite some time to read. It's a point of view I've not encountered before, a Continental view of the Great War poets, through the poetry of mostly Continentals with some Russians and Brits thrown in. It became apparent early on that I'm no so clear in my mind of the different factions: Modernists vs the Futurists vs the Dadaists vs all the other groups
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