Wars I Have Seen

TitleWars I Have Seen
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1945
AuthorsStein, Gertrude
Number of Pages190
PublisherB. T. Batsford Ltd.

Intimate friends of author Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) are aware of her indomitable courage and resourcefulness, were not at all surprised when she emerged unscathed from the Nazi occupation of France, her Picasso collection intact and her poodle, Basket, wagging his tail contentedly at her heels. But Stein had her full share of troubles and excitement in those four years of the Second World War, and it is this unbelievable period that she documents in full in this most graphic and revealing of all her books. Written in longhand under the very noses of the Nazis, this memoir is the on-the-spot story of what the people of France endured. From the early days, in which the author was more concerned with foraging food for her dogs than with the fate of democracy, to the coming of the Americans, which gave her the thrill of a lifetime, the author depicts the heroic exploits of the French Resistance fighters and the excitement of the battle for liberation with all of her signature literary panache.

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