The black obelisk

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Harcourt, Brace, 1957 - Fiction - 434 pages
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A German veteran of World War I observes the changes of the early Twenties.

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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - petterw - LibraryThing

There is lots of wisdom in this novel, as in all books I have read of Remarque. Less of a strong story this time, more of a still leben of Germany between two wars, but nevertheless a novel difficult ... Read full review

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About the author (1957)

In 1947, after eight successful years in the United States, Remarque became a U.S. citizen. During World War I he was drafted into the German army at the age of 18. After the war he tried various occupations and in his spare time wrote the antimilitaristic All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) that became a classic of modern warfare but was condemned as "defeatist" by the Nazis.The Road Back (1931) is the sequel. His later novels deal with World War II; they have had greater popularity than critical success.

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