The Forgotten Soldier Themes

Guy Sajer
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The dominant theme of the autobiography is the hopelessness of war. The narrative is delivered in a subjective, autobiographical methodology that does not attempt to present a history of the war or even a history of specific events in the war. The author does not state dates and many places are noted only as being so-many-miles-from a major urban center. Of course these types of details are available in other published materials; their inclusion in the current narrative is not needed. Instead, the book attempts to be a portrayal of a single point of view during combat and wartime. Sajer's point of view attempts to establish the hopelessness of war. Nothing positive comes out of the war for any of the participants; the entire narrative is full of destruction, death, maiming, criminality, terror and terrorism, and hatred. The Germans hate the Russians and the Russians hate...

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