This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here. I continue with the absolutely amazing Erich Maria Remarque and of course with The Black Obelisk examines the period between the two wars. Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Dark humor combined intertwined with the dark reality of in-between world wars Germany. Hitler does make an appearance in two sentences at the end of the book.

Insanity in The Black Obelisk – Germany between the two world wars

A hardened young veteran from the First World War, Ludwig now works for a monument company, selling stone markers to the survivors of deceased reamrque ones. Story of a Delayed Youth. Remarque’s biography is essentially marked and his writing fundamentally influenced by German history of the twentieth century: I have not read many Remarque’s works, but I’d definitely suggest reading this one to everyone.

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The writing is poetic, the philosophy is fantastic, and the characters are unique and delightful. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Feb 26, Krys rated it really liked it Recommended to Krys by: Remarque managed to get us into the atmosphere of post-WW1 Germany, he let the reader understand the birth of Nazism there, showed us that there could be no other way for these people back then.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Thanks for telling us about the problem. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will.


Dec 03, Pages. Hard cover with dust jacket bound in red cloth with black lettering, pages. Yes, there is and there can be love even in post-war Germany. The Best Books of Remarque’s alter ego, Ludwig, oscillating between cynicism and idealism, is suspended in a state between child- and adulthood, a fact of which he is sometimes aware, which he mulls over again and again, along with the recurring motifs of identity and values – a commonplace among the young and unformed, but here pressurized by a most extraordinary situation.

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On that there are no two opinions. Jul 18, Lora Grigorova rated it it was amazing. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! Hutchinson of London, They are on top of the poor German state.

When he falls in love with the beautiful but troubled Isabelle, Ludwig hopes he has found a soul who will offer him salvation—who will free him from his obsession to find meaning in a war-torn world.

He went to the United States in and became a citizen in Light browning to sections of end papers, but body of text appears clean.

Be the first to discover new talent! Sometimes, though, it is difficult to read and accept the unfairness, the senselessness, and the dispair of the situation. But it is in the way we deal with it that our true character emerges.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The employees used their wiles to secure advance payments; to trick their suppliers in the wholesale field by offering bribes of various sorts- wine and women especially. Some cry, others get depressed, and third ones celebrate.


After this one, I can loudly say, no, not just say, I can scream and shout, not can but will – Erich Maria Remarque is trully my fav. Views Read Edit View history. Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. Ironically, she is more sane than the others. No one learns anything at all from anyone else.

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A thoughtful novel, but also one that flows well. Used book in very good condition. Aug 31, Hazel rated it liked it.

Whether he writes of men or obelism inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure. These people are exactly the ones who turn to the nationalist movement, hoping it will eventually restore stability and bring Germany back to the world powers. She is several different people at ones; she has suffered a lot and she has chosen the path of multiple personalities to protect herself from the world.

A few years back I would have been too young.