This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here.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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Despite the underlying seriousness of the book, it is rich with life and humor. But it is in the kbelisk we deal with it that our true character emerges. Adapted with permission from [1]. He spent his youth at war and thus did not get to ask himself all the questions young people ask themselves.

Poverty and desperation is everywhere. Only when reading Remarque one gets an irresistible urge to google “How to stop being afraid of death?

I thought 4 at first for the actual writing style and 2 for the storyline so I split the difference and rematque it a 3. Tear to last page blank. How did Germany and its people recover from the disastrous defeat and what spirits and thoughts led to a even more disastrous war? 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.

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Jul 03, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: People receive money in the morning, which by the afternoon cost absolutely nothing. Perhaps this was the way life was in the upheaval and disorganization in Germany between the wars and that was the authors point! Bottom edges of covers have some wear. In fact, there are hilarious passages and set pieces throughout the book. It really did seem to be the right philosophy to choose after you’ve fought for a country whose economy just collapsed and left all veterans with nothing but hatred towards all nations supposedly guilty of their despair.


It just seemed to meander through various happenings remarqur locations while never quite getting to a point.

Post-war veterans without legs, arms, and with terrible wounds are begging on the streets. You had to be crazy, you had to be different, you had to be unusual in order to bear the terror and the brutality. The Black Obelisk is a difficult novel.

The line “The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic” Aber das ist wohl so, weil ein einzelner immer der Tod ist — und zwei Millionen immer nur eine Statistik. Random House Trade Paperbacks. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

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. Others long for the old military discipline, for the greatness of the German state, for the prosperity. Ludwig gets more and more attached to her, feeling a “pure” love for her because she sees the world so differently.

Previous owner’s name and address are on front endpaper. He was just born in the wrong time, wrong place, wrong surroundings. He went to the United States in and became a citizen in Book ratings by Goodreads. Everything is beginning to be a little empty and full of leave-taking and melancholy and waiting. Sometimes there is a hole in me that seems to extend to the center of the earth.


Refresh and try again. Whether it is love, life, war, compassion, or sanity. She is there for being schizophrenic and considers herself to be “Isabelle” most of the time.

Black Obelisk

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Women take a great part of his life but unfortunately, they always leave him at the end. A thoughtful novel, but also one that flows well. Ludwig, like most obleisk the men, is a post-war veteran trying to find another occupation and another life. 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. Stefan Zweig’s story Die unsichtbare Sammlung provided me with a glimpse of those unquiet waters, but Der schwarze Obelisk pushed me into the breakers, whence I now emerge snorting and dripping and shaking my head in wonder.

Other characters include an exhibitionist, a priest, and a psychiatrist. After reading three of Remarque’s books I know that I shall be visiting more, soon. Very, very enjoyable and worth it Brilliantly paced dialogue and dark humor meet to drown the reader in a German city of the s, where obelixk was pushing people to suicide and the extreme political right was gaining momentum. Although aspiring to be a poet, he works for a friend, Georg, managing the office of a small tombstone company.

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