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Heinrich Mann: “No! The less force exercised in the world the better!”

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts German writers on peace and war Heinrich Mann: Mission of letters in a world in rubble with 10 million corpses underground Heinrich Mann: Nietzsche, war and the butchery of ten to twenty million souls Heinrich Mann: Nowadays the real power is peace ==== Heinrich MannFrom The […]

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Latin American writers on war and peace

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Latin American writers on war and peace Arturo Arias: There were bodies everywhere. They didn’t move. They were called corpses. Ernesto Cardenal: They speak of peace and secretly prepare for war Alejo Carpentier: War’s long reach José Santos Chocano: When a future explorer uncovers that rarest of […]

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Mariano Picón-Salas: From dream of warlike soldiers to nightmare of flames and ashes

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Latin American writers on war and peace ==== Mariano Picón-SalasFrom The Ignoble SavagesTranslated by Herbert Weinstock Berlin is there on its drained Brandenburg swamp, surrounded by lakes and woods, as if awakening from a nightmare that burned out its eyes. From the Friedrichs and Wilhelms through […]

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Julio Ortega: The fall of the great warrior empires

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Latin American writers on war and peace ==== Julio OrtegaFrom The Land in the DayTranslated by Julio Ortega and Ewing Campbell The migration was destined to grow because of successive social catastrophes that left thousands of survivors, fugitives who ran from history in search of new […]

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Ambrose Bierce: Military Malthusianism

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Ambrose Bierce: Selections on war ==== Ambrose BierceFrom The Devil’s Dictionary MACROBIAN, n. One forgotten of the gods and living to a great age. History is abundantly supplied with examples, from Methuselah to Old Parr, but some notable instances […]

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Marcel Moreau: Children playing at war, the actual weapon of a crime

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts Marcel MoreauFrom QuintesTranslated by Bernard Frechtman Children were playing war, there was real hatred in their eyes; that’s always the actual weapon of a crime; what there is in the eyes, the hand obeys the eyes. *** I saw an extraordinary sight, I saw the thought of […]

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Ambrose Bierce: He created patriotism and taught the nations war

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Ambrose Bierce: Selections on war ==== Ambrose BierceFrom The Devil’s Dictionary FLAG, n. A colored rag borne above troops and hoisted on forts and ships. It appears to serve the same purpose as certain signs that one sees on […]

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Henry James: No more sacrifice on the altar of war

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts American writers on peace and against war Henry James: Beguiled into thinking war, worst horror that attends the life of nations, could not recur Henry James: War, the waste of life and time and money ==== Henry JamesFrom The Reverberator His only brother had fallen, during the […]

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George Frederick Cameron: Is it true greatness to lead armed hirelings on to bleed?

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts George Frederick CameronTrue Greatness What is true greatness? Is ’t to climbAbove the rocks and shoals of timeTo sculpture on some height sublimeA nameTo live immortal in its primeAnd flush of fame? What is true greatness? Is ’t to leadYour armèd hirelings on to bleed,And move a […]

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Percy Bysshe Shelley: War and the decline of poetry

==== Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts British writers on peace and war Percy Bysshe Shelley: Selections on war ==== Percy Bysshe ShelleyFrom A Defence of Poetry Civil war, the spoils of Asia, and the fatal predominance first of the Macedonian, and then of the Roman arms, were so many symbols of the extinction […]

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