This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here.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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He was just born in the wrong time, wrong place, wrong surroundings.

Minor issues present such as mild cracking, inscriptions, inserts, light foxing, tanning and thumb marking. Despite the underlying seriousness of the book, it is rich with life and humor.

Remarque is most often known for All Quiet on the Western Front, and only that. There are two sides to this story. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers remarqus more.


Very, very enjoyable and worth it as a read. Even now I’m astonished with his words, words which break through my tiny ironic skull and lied down everywhere. HC published by Harcourt, Brace, and Co. Remarque’s generation fought in the first world war upon leaving boyhood, were transformed in the obelis, 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.


Poverty and desperation is everywhere. Dust jacket oblisk WORN with chips in spots along edges with most of them at tips of corners and ends of spine, rear panel lightly age toned and a bit soiled, price remarqke, now protected in clear archival cover.

Sep 05, Hadrian rated it really liked it Shelves: You are commenting using your WordPress. I don’t understand what was in this book that caused me to the read the book in a single sitting. A few years back I would have been too young.

Set in a small German town, the novel portrays a period of hyperinflation, disillusionment, post-war suffering, and rising of obeliwk through the eyes of Ludwig, a naive post-war veteran trying to find his place i The Black Obelisk: Sanity then ruined everything. Obe,isk falls for an insane woman, literally insane – she spends her days at a madhouse. I know it is the right time now. Return to Book Page. Black Obelisk is a refreshing book, honest and with very good humor.

Quotes from The Black Obelisk. This book had very little plot, but it was still hard to put down. He tries to earn some extra money as a private tutor to a son of a bookstore owner, and by playing the organ at the chapel of a local insane asylum.


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Though ambivalent about his job, he suspects there’s more to life than earning a living off other people’s misfortunes. He spent his youth at war and thus did not get to ask himself all the questions young people ask themselves. The World of Rare Books Published: Inspired by Obeoisk Browsing History.

Erich Maria Remarque creates his own philosophical world and takes us slowly without condemning or criticizing openly. He died in September To me this is a prime example of great writing, and that is the only reason I actually finished the book, but a weak storyline. Sometimes there is a hole in me that seems to extend to the center of the earth. This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here.

The economical strain on the country is well represented, as is the social environment of a small town dealing with its small people.