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This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here.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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The story is told remarquw a dark humor as if the situation is so pathetic it is funny. A self-professed poet, Ludwig soon senses a growing change in his fatherland, a brutality brought upon it by inflation.

Ships from the UK. In fact, there are hilarious passages and set pieces throughout the book. He just gives the facts, presents the conversations, describes the characters.

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Top end of spine has a small obslisk. This novel paints a portrait of Germany in the early s, a period marked by hyperinflation and rising nationalism.

A brilliant success, selling more than a million copies, it was the first of many literary triumphs. They obeliskk not to be blamed; they are to be understood. I questioned my own beliefs, I looked at my own morals, I changed my perspective towards love and war and sanity.

May not contain Access Codes or Remarquue. Though ambivalent about his job, he suspects there’s more to life than earning a living off other people’s misfortunes.

Not enough for the corrupted minds of the s. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Dark humor combined intertwined with the dark reality of in-between world wars Germany. Better World Books Ltd Condition: 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.


For me, it is a novel about youth understood in the most poetic sense of the word and told in the most unpretentious manner possible. The story of a belated youth. Even though he works for a funeral house, most probably rwmarque least compassionate place, in his free time he attempts to keep his soul. Articles containing German-language text Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Despite the underlying seriousness of the book, it is rich with life and humor. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Feb 26, Krys rated it really liked it Recommended to Krys by: Review quote “The world has a great obbelisk in Erich Maria Remarque. A few years later I will most probably be too cynical to appreciate it.

Emotional, sensitive, slightly insane, and trying to adapt to a world, where these qualities will make you anything but happy.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. 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 remarquf world.

She is there for being schizophrenic and considers herself to be “Isabelle” most of the time. In fact, insanity was the only way to survive in Germany.



Grey pictorial dust jacket over black cloth boards. Remarque’s novels have been translated in more than fifty languages; globally the total edition comes up to several million copies. Small edge tears on jacket and marked. Despite a dark topic, Hyperinflation in Germany between the two world wars, a ruined generation coming out of the First World war and the business of tombstones, it was actually quite humorous in places.

No one learns anything at all from anyone else.

Sometimes, though, it remarsue difficult to read and accept the unfairness, the senselessness, and the dispair of the situation. The third book of Remarque I have read so far.

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But it never quite blends with the main story and is not in itself enough to compensate. But what about the period between the two wars? Wear and tear to extremities of dust wrapper. To me this is a prime example of great writing, and that is the only reason I actually finished the book, but a weak storyline. Remarque’s biography is essentially marked and his writing fundamentally influenced by German history of the twentieth century: