The Black Obelisk

The Black Obelisk From the author of the masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front The Black Obelisk is a classic novel of the troubling aftermath of World War I in Germany A hardened young veteran from the First Wor

From the author of the masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front, The Black Obelisk is a classic novel of the troubling aftermath of World War I in Germany.A hardened young veteran from the First World War, Ludwig now works for a monument company, selling stone markers to the survivors of deceased loved ones Though ambivalent about his job, he suspects there s to liFrom the author of the masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front, The Black Obelisk is a classic novel of the troubling aftermath of World War I in Germany.A hardened young veteran from the First World War, Ludwig now works for a monument company, selling stone markers to the survivors of deceased loved ones Though ambivalent about his job, he suspects there s to life than earning a living off other people s misfortunes.A self professed poet, Ludwig soon senses a growing change in his fatherland, a brutality brought upon it by inflation 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 But there comes a time in every man s life when he must choose to live despite the prevailing thread of history horrifically repeating itself The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure The New York Times Book Review

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  1. Erich Maria Remarque is one of the best known and most widely read authors of German literature in the twentieth century Remarque s biography is essentially marked and his writing fundamentally influenced by German history of the twentieth century Childhood and youth in imperial Osnabr ck, World War I, the Weimar Republic, and most of all his exile in Switzerland and the United States With the novel All Quiet On the Western Front, first published in 1929, Remarque attained world wide recognition continuing today Examples of his other novels also internationally published are The Road Back 1931 , Three Comrades 1936, 38 , Arch of Triumph 1945 , The Black Obelisk 1956 , and Night in Lisbon 1962 Remarque s novels have been translated in than fifty languages globally the total edition comes up to several million copies The complete works of Remarque are both highly interrelated with his Osnabr ck background and speaking thematically of a critical examination of German history, whereby the preservation of human dignity and humanity in times of oppression, terror and war always was at the forefront of his literary creation.

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  1. Erich Maria Remarque 1898 1970 Erst seit wir wissen, dass wir sterben m ssen, und weil wir es wissen, wurde Idyll zu Drama, Kreis zur Lanze, Werden zu Vergehen und Schrei zu Furcht und Flucht zu Urteil Erich Maria Remarque was a name well known to me solely because of his famous Im Westen Nichts Neues 1928 , which I avoided until recently because of its popularity and because I feared that some of the sentimentality of Lewis Milestone s Hollywood version might have had its source in the book I f [...]

  2. The third book of Remarque I have read so far 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 writer Even now I m astonished with his words, words which break through my tiny ironic skull and lied down everywhere And that s something What makes this perfect Words where read at the end while listening to the great sounds of Bach s air.

  3. Despite Remarque s flawless sarcasm and sense of humor, his books are never an easy read Only when reading Remarque one gets an irresistible urge to google How to stop being afraid of death This book tells a story about a young guy who survived WW1 He spent his youth at war and thus did not get to ask himself all the questions young people ask themselves.There are two sides to this story The first one tells about Ludwig s everyday life, describes the people he meets in the most hilarious ways, b [...]

  4. Juodasis obeliskas buvo turb t antra mano skaityta Remarko knyga ir nuo tada tapo ne tik m gstamiausia jo knyga, bet ir viena m gstamiausi apskritai Bet visa tai buvo senokai ir pama u detal s i dilo i atminties, nebeprisiminiau, kod l tiksliai ji man patiko, liko tik ma os detal s apie obelisk , tarpukar , infliacij ir u pakaliu i sienos i traukiam vin Taip galiausia ir pribrendo poreikis sp d ius atgaivinti Ir dar kart sitikinau, koks edevras is romanas yra ir kod l jis itaip man strigo B tis [...]

  5. The best description of this book is the one that the author himself gave The story of a belated youth 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 It s a sincere story.

  6. Okuyal d rt y l oldu yakla k, duygu d nyam fazlas yla etkilemi ti Bitirdi imde hissetti im eyi hala hat rl yorum Ve genelde bu konuda unutkan olmama ra men kitaptan bir ok sahne hala akl mda, bire bir ahit olmu um gibi g z mde canlan yor Nas l olduysa atlam m bu kitab eklemeyi ve bug n g r nce uzun s redir g rmedi im ve de er verdi im birini g rm gibi oldum.

  7. Remarque is most often known for All Quiet on the Western Front, and only that It is excellent, of course, but it s also a bit of a shame, because the rest of his stuff is still pretty good Case in point 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 Everything is unsettled A thoughtful novel, but also one that flows well.

  8. The Black Obelisk readwithstyle.wordpress 20I continue with the absolutely amazing Erich Maria Remarque and of course with the topic of war Unlike A Time to Love and a Time to Die, which is set during WWII, The Black Obelisk examines the period between the two wars 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 in [...]

  9. I cannot recommend this novel highly enough but I realize it won t be for everyone This is historical fiction that puts a small German town 60,000 under a microscope for the last 9 months of 1923 The hyperinflation was caused by severe reparations demanded after WWI by the allies primarily France and Great Britain It meant German workers were paid twice a day with a break in the morning so they could rush out with suitcases or wheelbarrows full of cash and try to buy a loaf of bread or another n [...]

  10. Masterpiece This book really impressed me with its original ideas about life and death, crazy and normal people, atheism and faith and with its ironic views about everything.

  11. Brilliantly paced dialogue and dark humor meet to drown the reader in a German city of the 1920s, where inflation was pushing people to suicide and the extreme political right was gaining momentum Ludwig works at a funeral home at a time where, day after day the Deutschmark loses and of its worth, in exponential steps The economical strain on the country is well represented, as is the social environment of a small town dealing with its small people Very, very enjoyable and worth it as a read.

  12. Picked as my book group read by one of the members, I was looking forward to something great from this book The copy I got from the library was a lovely Hardback First Edition from 1957 and the only copy of the book in the Montgomery County Library system I couldn t find the correct photo of it so the one above, from , will suffice.It was originally written in German so I am always nervous about translated books A poor translation can kill a great book In this case I thought the translation was [...]

  13. Sometimes there is a hole in me that seems to extend to the center of the earth What could fill it Yearning Despair Happiness What happiness Fatigue Resignation Death What am I alive for Yes, for what am I alive I want to think and at the same time that s the last thing in the world I want to do Everyone saves someone at least once Just as he kills someone at least once Even though he may not know it But probably that s the way of the world when we have finally learned something we re too old to [...]

  14. this is by far one of my top ten set in a tiny german town between the two world wars remarque weaves a story of transition in a multitude of tiny vignettes in the run up to the nazi takeover.we get a taste of different sides of a country with a broken economy and hurt pride, featuring characters like the gorgeous but cheating butcher s wife, two brothers on the opposite sides of the intellectual spectrum, a schizophrenic dreamer, drunkard coffinmaker, a small town poetry club and at the center, [...]

  15. My favorite book by E.M Remarque It s worth mentioning that I adore the way he writes, so, naturally, I like all of his books, but this one stood out particularly.I connected with the main character Ludwig, for I share his cynical yet sarcastic mind Also, I feel like Remarque is the best author to turn to if you find yourself in need of information about the post WWI way of living in Germany and not die in the process He draws a pretty clear image of that period, especially with this book.

  16. This book had very little plot, but it was still hard to put down The writing is poetic, the philosophy is fantastic, and the characters are unique and delightful It s set just between the first and second world wars in Germany, and it s beautiful.

  17. Pirmoji E M Remarque knyga, kuri skai iau, buvo Trys draugai , tad, pa musi rankas Juod j obelisk , tik jausi to paties nepersaldintai li dno ir gilaus pokario met Pirmojo pasaulinio karo Vokietijos gyventoj b ties niekam ir d l nieko perteikimo, o gavau dar daugiau Juodajame obeliske is tragizmas taip puikiai suderintas su ironija bei sarkazmu, kad, skaitydama roman , tame pa iame puslapyje ir nusikvatodavau, ir pajausdavau sunkaus nevilties gumulo gerkl je b vim Remarque od io meistras, tikrai [...]

  18. Black Obelisk is a refreshing book, honest and with very good humor I expected a much different context I thought this book would be about Hitler and I was waiting for it all along, because I would definitely enjoy it in his style of writing Well Hitler does make an appearance in two sentences at the end of the book It s ok, the book is great.

  19. I don t understand what was in this book that caused me to the read the book in a single sitting May be the story, time, mental situationeverything just resonated for a while.

  20. Das zweite Wiedersehen mit dem Buch hat mich sehr gl cklich gemacht Ich hatte ein wenig Angst davor, dass Remarque ein Schriftsteller f r meine Jugendjahre bleiben w rde und dass ich seine B cher sp ter f r zu sentimental befinden k nnte Zum Gl ck ist der Zauber nicht vor ber und ich genie e immer noch seine Romane Der Schwarze Obelisk ist wahrscheinlich eins der besten B cher Remarques, einer der Romane zu g n ration perdue Thematik und zugleich ein guter Exkurs in die deutsche Geschichte nach [...]

  21. L ascesa del nazismo attraverso gli egoismi, i conflitti striscianti, il disagio economico prodotto dall inflazione devastante che permeano la vita quotidiana di un piccolo paese di provincia nella Germania della Repubblica di Weimar In questo contesto si muove il protagonista , un reduce, che incarna umanit e speranza in mezzo a tanta desolazione, attraverso pagine commoventi e lucidamente critiche.Per nulla un Remarque minore, come sostiene qualche sapientino, tutt altro Magnifico.

  22. Remarque wrote one of the greatest war novels of all time, told great stories of on the run emigrees, and concentration camp horrors, but this book explains pre Hitler life and thinking in Germany, and is a must read for any Remarque fan.

  23. Remarkui ir jo k rybai visad irdy atsiras vietos Ir turiu pripa inti, kad man jo labai tr ko Skanu, lengva, vaizdinga, juokinga ir jausminga Rekomenduoju

  24. Take away their costume and nobody wants to be a soldier Erich Maria Remarque is a German novelist and veteran of WWI who moved to Switzerland as the Nazis rose to power His critique of the regime led to his books being banned and burned He is probably best known for All Quiet on the Western Front which has been assigned in many schools due to its young soldier s perspective as well as being a one Remarque s shorter and easier to read books.In The Black Obelisk Remarque writes of Germany in betw [...]

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