Epigraph: 'What do they know of the world? Does living mean / Quite simply, Mother, to die very young? / Good for this, good for that. My good friends I am leaving - / Twenty years old - good for the armed services.'
Author's note explains the characterisation.
Epigraph 2: In 1951 edition, the following also appears: 'In the pictures in the Versailles Gallery it's all generals, flags and clouds. But in reality it's mud and lice' ('The Fall of Paris' by Ilya Ehrenburg).
The Muller edition was selected by the Daily Graphic as its book of the month for October, 1952.
Other formats: Also sound recording.
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