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Look Inside. 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. 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. 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.

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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, under a microscope for the last 9 months of 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 anot. 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 necessity.

Many of the characters are involved in funeral monuments, casket making, and grave digging. The story is told with a dark humor as if the situation is so pathetic it is funny. Other characters include an exhibitionist, a priest, and a psychiatrist.

Ludwig is the main character. One of his girlfriends is in the asylum. A Nazi horse butcher is married to the exhibitionist. Many philosophical questions are posed. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again.

Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Black Obelisk , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.

More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Black Obelisk. 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. 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 more perfect? Words where read at the end while listening to the great sounds of Bach's air.

Aug 01, Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , war. 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? 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 wa Despite Remarque's flawless sarcasm and sense of humor, his books are never an easy read.

The first one tells about Ludwig's everyday life, describes the people he meets in the most hilarious ways, but the point is that this side of the story is aimed at making the reader feel how pointless those daily routines are, how insignificant it all is compared to the second side of the story.

Now this part tells one of the oddest love stories I have read about. Ludwig falls for an insane woman, literally insane - she spends her days at a madhouse. The Black Obelisk is a fount of quotes and a well of irony, but then it also introduces the reader to the consequences of war by describing people who have gone mad because of it, people who no longer fit into reality. 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.

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. I have not read many Remarque's works, but I'd definitely suggest reading this one to everyone.

It will be a slow read, a thought-provoking one, sometimes funny, sometimes depressing, but it'll plunge you in the early s German mood for sure. View 1 comment. Jul 18, Lora Grigorova rated it it was amazing. I continue with the absolutely amazing Erich Maria Remarque and of course with the topic of war.

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 insensitive world.

More philosophical than descriptive, Remarque again denounces war and condemns its terror, brutality and senselessness. War is terrible. On that there are no two opinions. We have had an enormous amount of literature, both fiction and non-fiction on the subject so we know how it affects people, how it awakens their most animal traits, and how it destroys compassion, love, and emotions.

But what about the period between the two wars? How did Germany and its people recover from the disastrous defeat and what spirits and thoughts led to a even more disastrous war? Remarque attempts to give us an answer in The Black Obelisk, where the insane, the disillusioned, the opportunistic, the impostors, the nationalists, the crippled, and the naive shape the richness of characters and moods in s Germany.

Apr 04, Dani rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourites. 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. Jan 23, Emil Ginev rated it it was amazing Shelves: favourite-books , war. 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.

Jun 15, Rick Slane rated it it was amazing Shelves: german-literature , dark , literary-fiction , fiction , want-more-like-this , humor , novels , philosophy , classics , favorites. 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 anot I cannot recommend this novel highly enough but I realize it won't be for everyone.

Jul 03, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: fallen-characters , love-me-again , of-self , law-abiding-citizen , absolute , made-me-cry , page-turner , war-stories , a-little-historical , of-life-and-death.

Brilliantly paced dialogue and dark humor meet to drown the reader in a German city of the s, 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 more and more 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 Brilliantly paced dialogue and dark humor meet to drown the reader in a German city of the s, where inflation was pushing people to suicide and the extreme political right was gaining momentum. Very, very enjoyable and worth it as a read. Jun 10, Etannia rated it it was amazing. A tale of survival and loss, a damaged youth and a hopeless future.

Can you really stay sane in a society gone crazy? Genevieve is the only one able to create a seemingly collected new life, leaving Ludwig behind, assembling his broken pieces. Remarque with his uniquely melancholic v A tale of survival and loss, a damaged youth and a hopeless future.

Remarque with his uniquely melancholic voice has shaped my teen years creating more space in my own mind for paradoxes and uncertainty. Aug 31, Hazel rated it liked it. 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 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 Amazon, 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 tran Picked as my book group read by one of the members, I was looking forward to something great from this book.

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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 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 The Black Obelisk. Erich Maria Remarque.

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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, under a microscope for the last 9 months of 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 anot. 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 necessity. Many of the characters are involved in funeral monuments, casket making, and grave digging. The story is told with a dark humor as if the situation is so pathetic it is funny.

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This novel paints a portrait of Germany in the early s, a period marked by hyperinflation and rising nationalism. Ludwig, the protagonist , is in his mid twenties; just like most of his friends, he is a World War I veteran. Although aspiring to be a poet, he works for a friend, Georg, managing the office of a small tombstone company. 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. Thanks to this diversity of activities, Ludwig interacts with a wide cross-section of the German population of his town and the surrounding villages and we are allowed to witness those interactions.

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