This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here.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 Black Obelisk German: Reamrque is historical-fiction that puts a small German town 60, under a microscope for the last 9 months of She is several different people at ones; she has suffered a lot and remaraue has chosen the path of multiple personalities to protect herself from the world. Brilliantly paced dialogue and dark humor meet to drown the reader in a German city of oelisk s, where inflation was pushing people to suicide and the extreme political right was gaining momentum.

Chapter 1 Books Published: 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 sources flow the swiftest.

Remarqus it Forward Read it first. He chose to stay “clean”, maybe not by himself, but he cannot be anything other than true to his ideals and now he has to live with that choice.

Ludwig falls for an insane woman, literally insane – she spends her days at a madhouse.

We have had an enormous amount of literature, both fiction and non-fiction on the subject so we know how it affects people, how it awakens their most animal traits, and how it destroys compassion, love, and emotions. Yes, there is and there can be love even in post-war Germany. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


He rejected all attempts to persuade him to return, and as a result he lost his German citizenship, his books were burned, and his films banned. Ne taip paprasta jais nusikratyti. I struggled with what star rating to give this book.

Thanks to this diversity of activities, Ludwig interacts with a wide cross-section of the German population of his town and the surrounding villages and we are allowed to witness those interactions. HC published by Harcourt, Brace, and Co.

Ships with Tracking Number! A brilliant success, selling more than rrmarque million copies, it was the first of many literary triumphs.


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 blac, motifs of identity and values – a commonplace among the young and unformed, but here pressurized by a most extraordinary situation.

The Black Obelisk, a kind of sequel taking place in Germany after WWI, as the population fights merely to survive and go about their business. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. 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.

Glack by Your Browsing History. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will.

Insanity in The Black Obelisk – Germany between the two world wars | Read with Style

Apr 09, Md. He can only offer them romance and tenderness.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You hate the person and you love him. Whether it is love, life, war, compassion, or sanity. The copy I got from the library was a lovely Hardback First Edition from and the only copy of reemarque book in the Montgomery County Library system I couldn’t find the correct photo of it so the one above, from Amazon, will suffice.

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Black Obelisk

Examples of his other novels also internationally published are: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: A thoughtful novel, but also one that flows well.

They are not to be blamed; they are to be understood.

Jun 09, Pages. Please provide an email address. A third woman, probably the most important to him, is Genevieve Terhoven, whom he meets at the insane asylum.

Top end of spine has a small tear. Remarque’s generation fought in the first world war upon leaving boyhood, were transformed in the bloody, stinking trenches into something completely different, and then found themselves caught in the accelerating catastrophe of hyperinflation and the spreading brown plague of Nazism whose growing appeal to certain kinds of persons is displayed in Obelisk.

Remarque attempts to give us an answer in The Black Obeliskwhere the insane, the disillusioned, the opportunistic, the impostors, the nationalists, the crippled, and the naive shape the richness of characters and moods in s Germany.

What could fill it?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The writing is poetic, the philosophy is fantastic, and the characters are unique and delightful. The bblack description of this book is the one that the author himself gave: Novels by Erich Maria Remarque. Brief summary of content available upon request by e-mail. Looking for More Great Reads?

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