This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here.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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Jul 18, Lora Grigorova rated it it was amazing. Dark humor combined intertwined with the dark reality of in-between world wars Germany. Black Obelisk is a refreshing book, honest and with very good humor. Though ambivalent about his job, he suspects there’s more to life than earning a living off other people’s misfortunes. I had the impression that the aged Remarque was making fun of his young self, but with sympathy, not with regret or bitterness.

You had to lose your mind to find a purpose and a sense in everything that was happening. What am I alive for? We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Lists with This Book.

Other characters include an exhibitionist, a priest, and a psychiatrist. Although aspiring to be a poet, he works for a friend, Georg, managing the office of a small tombstone company.

Though there is tragedy and threat, most of the characters are of Remarque’s generation, and the young can adapt to almost any circumstance with a certain amount of aplomb and continue behaving as do those in whom life’s obelixk flow the swiftest. May 06, Azmain Tur rated it it was amazing.

This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here.



Top end of spine has a small tear. 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.

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Sanity took away passion and connection; sanity destroyed love. Sometimes, though, it is difficult to read and accept the unfairness, the senselessness, and the dispair of the situation. Isabel, although being a schizophrenic looks at the world objectively, criticizes unfairness, asks questions, and refuses to oblige to imposed norms and questionable morals.

A third woman, probably the most important to him, is Genevieve Terhoven, whom he meets at the insane asylum. In fact, insanity was the only way to survive in Germany. No other writing in book. Two of them leave Ludwig, just because he cannot float in the contemporary world of greed and money. I questioned my own beliefs, I looked at my own morals, I changed my perspective towards love and war and remarsue.

Perhaps this was the way life was in the upheaval and disorganization in Germany between the wars and that was the authors point! Salted through the main story is a strange interlude, as Ludwig, who tells the story, remaruqe himself falling in love with Isabelle, a gently born girl suffering from schizophrenia, and confined in the mental hospital where he earns some free meals by playing the organ at the services. I felt that he needed to get to a stronger conclusion by the end or that he could have split the book up into several smaller books with each of the separate story lines standing on their own.


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Words where read at the end while listening to the great sounds of Bach’s air. Erich Maria Remarque is one of the best known and most widely read authors of German literature in the twentieth century. Want to Read gemarque.

Acquisition of the bare necessities became a matter of barter. 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.

But there comes a time in every man’s life when he must choose to live–despite the prevailing threat of history horrifically repeating itself.

Though both deal with refugees from the Nazis, Arc de Triomphe and Die Nacht von Lissabon are very, very different books. Set in a small German town, the novel portrays a period of hyperinflation, disillusionment, post-war suffering, and rising of nationalism through the eyes of Ludwig, a naive post-war veteran trying to find his place in a greedy and insensitive world.

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Dec 03, Pages Buy. You hate the person and you love him. And survival is only possible through forgetfulness. Ironically, she is more sane than the others. The government does nothing.