Post-war works were written roughly between 1940 and 1960, dealing with the effects and aftermath of World War II. These books deal directly with the socio-economical and individual repercussions of the World Wars, as well as often exploring the cause of the wars.

Post-War German literature often deals with the guilt of the German population after the Third Reich. Post-war Japanese literature often deals with the effects of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many other cultures deal with other nationally specific issues.

Individual experiences are also explored. Post-war literature include works written about the horrors of concentration camps, conscripted army service, the changing role of women in society, and the effects of PTSD.

This time is part of the 20th Century.

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The Blood of Others


I think it’s obvious by this discussion alone that this is an incredibly complex concept to even touch on, let alone explore in depth, but de Beauvoir does just that in a way that is accessible to the reader and tied to the driving plot. If you’re interested in the mechanics of building conceptual narratives into concrete storylines, this novel is definitely a must-read.