Dec 09 2016

BEFORE AND AFTER THE ‘RETURN OF THE BRUTE’

 

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As the official celebrations and the unofficial commemorations of the centenary of the First World War continue, many personal accounts, poems and novels written about this period have been published or republished. One novel, not yet republished, is Return of the Brute, written by Liam O’Flaherty. David Trotter, in The Cambridge Companion to The Literature of the First World War, argues that, unlike most British war novels, it was written by an author of proletarian origin. Whilst O’Flaherty was Irish, Trotter is right in considering  Return of the Brute to be a British war novel. It is based upon the author’s experiences fighting in the British army on the western front.  The novel “intended to do justice to the brute’s point of view” [1], where the “brute” stands for working-class soldiers. If so, the “brute” refers to atomised, alienated and demoralised workers, brutalised by life on the western front.
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Jun 24 2016

REMEMBERING THE SOMME

 

REMEMBERING THE SOMME

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SATURDAY, JULY 1st, 5.00 pm

DONALD DEWAR STATUE

BUCHANAN STREET

GLASGOW

Organised by the Scottish Peace Network

 

On July 1 at 5pm at the Dewar’s statue on Buchanan Street in Glasgow city centre, the Scottish Peace Network is holding a centenary event to remember the disaster of the battle of the Somme. We will have a short speech on the historical context and a reading of poems to start and then a time for everyone attending to give their thoughts on war and militarism.

The Somme was the bloodiest battle of World War I. More than one million soldiers were either killed or badly wounded. In the end, the battle changed little and the war continued to grind on for two more years.

As the wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan continue, resulting in millions having to flee their homes, the centenary of the battle of the Somme provides a salient moment to remember the futility of war.

 

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also see:-

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/11/20/rejectimperialism/

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/17/protesting-against-the-uk-governments-launch-of-the-first-world-war-commemoration-in-glasgow-on-august-4th/

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/08/09/emancipation-liberation-special-bulletin-the-centenary-of-the-world-war-i-imperialist-slaughter/

http://republicancommunist.org/blog/2014/05/01/world-war-1-glorious-victory-or-imperialist-bloodbath/

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