Erich Maria Remarque’s creative path is both interesting and dramatic in its own way, and, of course, very inspiring for writers. The fact is that Remarque did not become famous from his first book, but one of his main novels, “On the Western Front without change”, and was rejected by a major publisher who decided that no one in Germany would buy a book that reflects on the horrors of just an outbreak of war. Subsequently, as usual, the publisher tore his hair and regretted that he had made a major professional mistake.
However, Remarque was still able to get the publication of the “Western Front”, promising the publisher that if the novel sells poorly, he will reimburse the costs at his own expense. The book became a sensation, selling more than one and a half million copies in the first year. She was later transferred to 36 languages and repeatedly screened. And it was this book that the Nazis of Hitler’s Germany then demonstratively burned in the squares.
Why read Remarque’s books in order? To trace how the themes he stated in the first books matured, strengthened, and found a continuation in later things. War and homeland, shame and conscience, thirst for life and the desire of the soul to love someone even in the most difficult conditions. AND another feeling of loneliness and the search for a quiet harbor that can be called home – That’s what Remarque’s books are about.
Remarque books by year of publication:
• “Shelter of Dreams” (“Attic of Dreams”) (1920)
• Horizon Station (1928)
• “On the Western Front without change” (1929)
• The Return (1931)
• “Three Comrades” (1936)
• “Love your neighbor” (1941)
• The Arc de Triomphe (1945)
• The Spark of Life (1952)
• “Time to live and time to die” (1954)
• The Black Obelisk (1956)
• “Life on Loan” (1961)
• Night in Lisbon (1962)
• “Shadows in Paradise” (1971)
• Ham (1998)
• The Promised Land (1998)
Please note that this is an incomplete bibliography of Remarque: first, we have listed only works translated into Russian, and secondly, the list does not include essays and short stories by the writer. AND after all, there is a script for the film “The Last Act”, the play “The Last Stop” and collected in one collection of letters to Marlene Dietrich, which in itself can be read as a literary work. So even if you’ve read all of Remarque’s books, you probably still have to discover other facets of his literary talent.
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