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Nobel prize in literature recipients on peace and war

Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

Nobel prize in literature recipients on peace and war

Henri Barbusse: Selections on war

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson: All labor’s dread of war’s mad waste and murder

Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson: I saw a dove fear-daunted

Heinrich Böll: Every death in war is a murder – a murder for which someone is responsible

Heinrich Böll: I saw the fateful gleam in his eyes too late

Heinrich Böll: I’m going to die soon and before the war is over. I shall never know peace again.

Albert Camus: Where war lives. The reign of beasts has begun.

William Faulkner: There is only the question: When will I be blown up?

Anatole France: Selections on war

John Galsworthy: Selections on war

Gabriel García Márquez: Five wars and seventeen military coups

André Gide: Transformation of a war supporter

Peter Handke: The horror unleashed by NATO’s first war

Gerhart Hauptmann: American politics and warships

Ernest Hemingway: Selections on war

Verner von Heidenstam: The cloth versus khaki

Pär Lagerkvist: If such a thing as war can end

Selma Lagerlöf: The Fifth Commandment. The Great Beast is War.

Selma Lagerlöf: The mark of death was on them all

Halldór Laxness: In war there is no cause except the cause of war. A bitter disappointment when it turned out they could defend themselves

Halldór Laxness: There are ideals in war too, slaughtering men by the million

Halldór Laxness: Three questions about war on earth and in heaven

J.M.G. Le Clézio: This is what war is

Doris Lessing: With war every event has the quality of war, nothing of peace remains

Sinclair Lewis: Selections on war

Maurice Maeterlinck: Bloodshed, battle-cry and sword-thrust are the joys of barbarians

Thomas Mann: Selections on war

Roger Martin du Gard: Selections on war

Francois Mauriac: The Bloody Dawn of Peace

Eugenio Montale: Poetry in an era of nuclear weapons and Doomsday atmosphere

Pablo Neruda: Bandits with planes, jackals that the jackals would despise

Kenzaburō Ōe: Categorical imperative to renounce war forever

Kenzaburo Ōe: Nuclear war and its lemmings

Eugene O’Neill: The hell that follows war

Benito Pérez Galdós: Cannon should be cast into church bells

Benito Pérez Galdós: Good God! why are there wars?

Harold Pinter: Art, Truth and Politics

Salvatore Quasimodo: In every country a cultural tradition opposes war

Romain Rolland: Selections on war

Jean-Paul Sartre: When the rich fight the rich, it is the poor who die

George Bernard Shaw: Selections on war

Mikhail Sholokhov: Selections on war

Wole Soyinka: Civilian and Soldier

Rabindranath Tagore: Secure disarmament, transform it into strength

Mario Vargas Llosa: More than enough atomic and conventional weapons to wipe out several planets

William Butler Yeats: The Rose of Peace

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  1. November 7, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Thank you for the effort to compile this list.


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