Maxim Gorky dissects war.
From the preface to the Russian edition of Under Fire
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This book, a simple and ruthlessly truthful book, tells how people of different nationalities but of an equal intelligence exterminate one another, destroy the fruit of hard but splendid timeless labour, reducing temples, palaces and houses to heaps of rubble, razing towns, villages and vineyards, and ruining thousands of acres of land, once beautifully cultivated by their ancestors and now cluttered for a long, long time with fragments of metal and polluted with the rotting flesh of men killed for no crime of theirs.
Burning brightly and mockingly in all this is a terrible contradiction that debases man to a level of an instrument without a…
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