This is a special Trade eBook edition of a new translation of Erich Maria Remarque’s classic of World War I, All Quiet on the Western Front; it is the first new translation of Remarque’s novel in thirty years.
The release of Edward Berger’s film version of All Quiet on the Western Front (nominated in 2023 for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture), has sparked renewed interest in the extraordinary novel on which that film is based. A new translation of that novel, prepared by acclaimed translator Katharina Rout, has long been in preparation, and a full academic edition of the translation, published in Broadview’s standard format—with a scholarly introduction, annotations, and appendices of contextual materials—is scheduled for publication early in 2024. The Trade edition, released March 1, 2023, is published in eBook format only.
Rout’s previous translations from the German include Galsan Tschinag’s The Blue Sky (Milkweed Editions, 2020) and Emmy Hennings’s Branded (Broadview Press, 2022).
Katharina Rout is Professor Emerita at Vancouver Island University. In preparing a fresh translation she has aimed for prose that is blunter, more direct, and more immediate than that of earlier translations into English; her translation is immensely and intensely readable.
Comments on Katharina Rout’s translation of Branded
“[a] hauntingly beautiful translation”—Jill Suzanne Smith, Associate Professor of German, Bowdoin College
“Hennings’s important work is for the first time available in English, thanks to Katharina Rout and her superb translation.”—Christiane Schönfeld, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
“It is a delight to encounter a translation that is both confident in its choices yet treats the original with great care. Katharina Rout has accomplished this and more in her translation of Branded.” — Sophie Duvernoy, Yale University, in Modern Language Notes