Gabriel Chevallier (1895–1969) was a French novelist widely known as the author of the satire Clochemerle, which was written in 1934, translated into twenty-six languages, and sold several million copies. Born in Lyon, Chevallier was called up at the start of World War I and wounded a year later, but returned to the front where he served as an infantryman until the war’s end. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and named Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.
Winner of the 2013 Scott Moncrief Prize for Translation from the French. “Eighty years after it was first published … Gabriel Chevallier’s autobiographical novel about serving in the bombed-out trenches of World War I still chills the blood….Fear is a novel whose most indelible passages describe the sensory degradation of war on the human body…. One of the most effective indictments of war ever written.”—Tobias Grey, The Wall Street Journal