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978-0-449-91244-7 / 0449912442

The Black Obelisk: A Novel

by Remarque, Erich Maria

Publisher:Random House Trade Paperbacks

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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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 theres more to life than earning a living off other peoples 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 salvationwho will free him from his obsession to find meaning in a war-torn world. But there comes a time in every mans life when he must choose to livedespite 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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