World War I Short Fiction Criticism: French Writers Of Short Fiction - Essay

Criticism: French Writers Of Short Fiction

(Short Story Criticism)

SOURCE: Knapp, Bettina L. “‘You Hear! You Hear! It's War!’.”1 In Georges Duhamel, pp. 46-57. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1972.

[In the following essay, Knapp maintains that Georges Duhamel's two short fiction collections focusing on World War I, The New Book of Martyrs and Civilization, express the inhumanity of war and the need for compassion in the world.]

No sooner had hostilities broken out in 1914 than Duhamel volunteered as an army doctor. He served for fifty-one months, he tells us in his biography, in a mobile surgical unit not far from the front. In his four years of service, he performed two thousand operations and cared for...

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