The story is studded with remarkable incidents that linger in the mind: Occasionally, Remarque dressed extravagantly and wore a monocle. With average grades, Remarque graduated on June 25,having specialized in Goethe's verse and Herder's folk songs. Immersed in antique Egyptian artifacts, Venetian mirrors, music, and priceless paintings by Cezanne, Daumier, Picasso, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Pissarro, Renoir, and van Gogh, Remarque tried to ignore the hatred of Hitler's propagandist, Josef Goebbels, who plotted to punish the author for antiwar sentiments.
It is still regarded as one of the best war movies ever made. Drawn to local social events, he developed a reputation for an upscale lifestyle. Characterizing his contemporaries as "hard.
Similar in tone and theme to Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, the novel delineates the slow recovery process, which finally reawakens young survivors to nature and healing. When the Nazis came to power in — just four years after this was published — they set about burning the book, which tended to be their first response to any problem.
Before the war, Tjaden was a locksmith. Paul later figures that the training taught by Himmelstoss made them "hard, suspicious, pitiless, and tough" but most importantly it taught them comradeship. A reader of Malraux, Proust, Flaubert, Balzac, Stendhal, Poe, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Rilke, London, Wilder, and Zen philosophy, he also devoted himself to book discussions, long walks, and collecting Iranian rugs and Chinese bronze figurines, which his wife later sold to relieve the burden of guarding his costly treasures.
Spattered with grenade splinters in his neck, left knee, and right wrist, Remarque exited the fray on July 31, evacuated by troop train from the aid station in Thourout to St.
He also has a "Special Permit," certifying him as sporadically not responsible for his actions due to a head wound, though he is clearly quite sane and exploiting his permit so he can stay in the hospital and away from the war as long as possible.
Riding on his bread there is a great fat rat. Although publishers were skeptical that the postwar reader was still interested in World War I, Remarque's pacifist bestseller sold a million and a half copies that same year and in time was translated into twenty-nine languages.
The next few years would bring more books and films but also great sadness. Kemmerich is shot in the leg early in the story; his injured leg has to be amputated, and he dies shortly after.
Main characters[ edit ] Cover of first English language edition. Because he was a sincere patriot, Remarque was unable to shut out Germany's attempts to kindle another world war.
Several years later, a second version of Arch of Triumph was reshot for television in France infollowing an abortive attempt in He is also fond of horses and is angered when he sees them used in combat. He admired stylish women, Impressionist art, an antique Lancia convertible and a racy Bugatti, and Chinese art from the Tang dynasty and was obsessed with pacifism, free speech, and privacy.
Vincenz Hospital, Duisburg, outside Essen. Paul comments that saying farewell was "very hard, but it is something a soldier learns to deal with. With his next shot he kills the flamethrower, and immediately afterwards an enemy shell explodes on his position blowing off his chin.
Stanislaus "Kat" Katczinsky[ edit ] Kat has the most positive influence on Paul and his comrades on the battlefield. He is blinded in no man's land and believed to be dead by his friends.
However, Goebbels correctly guessed that the theater would let its guard down during the December 5 showing. Throughout his life, he remained sensitive to his nationality, proclaiming, "I had to leave Germany because my life was threatened.
The embittered masses are violently against the Jews. They are then sent on what Paul calls a "good job. Two films were made of Remarque's novels in and The German Officers League, on hearing talk of a Nobel Prize nomination for Remarque, challenged the Swedish committee's wisdom in considering the proposal.
Once again the Osnabruck newspaper published a poem of Remarque's titled "Evening Poem. The following year, he wrote Night in Lisbon, which centered around the theme of stateless emigrants and captured the rootlessness of many of his compatriots.
He felt at home with the style and companionship of the "glittering people.
Within five weeks, Remarque, keeping alert on strong coffee and cigars, composed Im Westen nichts Neues literally, In the West Nothing Newwhich was serialized in the magazine Vossische Zeitung from November 10 to December 9,then appeared in novel form the next year in English as All Quiet on the Western Front.
His leading campaign message, to unite Germany and make it strong again, resonated with voters in the midst of the Great Depression. It is this quiet, certain, yet exploratory demonstration of the utter inhumanity of war that constitutes the magnificence of All Quiet on the Western Front as an anti-war novel.
Padded with voice-overs, prologue, and epilogue, this version proved less emphatic than the original. Articles such as this one were acquired and published with the primary aim of expanding the information on Britannica.
Stanislaus "Kat" Katczinsky[ edit ] Kat has the most positive influence on Paul and his comrades on the battlefield. Use our free chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis of All Quiet on the Western Front. It helps middle and high school students understand Erich Maria Remarque's literary masterpiece.
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Inzealots burned Remarque in effigy in the Obernplatz, the ornate plaza facing Berlin's opera house. That same year, in the company of books by Thomas Mann, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Maxim Gorki, Bertolt Brecht, and Albert Einstein, All Quiet on the Western Front was reduced to ashes in front of the Berlin Opera House.
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