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A Generation's Devastation

Washington, DC

By Adam Kampe

Ernest Hemingway, 1918, Milan. Wikimedia Commons Image.

Ernest Hemingway?s 1929 novel A Farewell to Arms is set in Italy and Switzerland during World War One---a war in which Hemingway himself participated as an ambulance driver. World War One was one of the turning points in modern history. To some, it destroyed the myth of progress by proving that technology could be used for mass violence. Below, we hear from writer and editor, Andrew Carroll.



Other contributors on this show are writer Alice McDermott and actor Stephen Lang. To hear the entire Hemingway audio guide, please check out The Big Read website.


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