Why is Erich Maria Remarque always up-to-date and always fascinating?

The Federal Republic of Germany has given even 8 Nobel laureates to the world so far. Among them is remarkable Erich Maria Remarque. The human’s characteristics that is slowly extinct in a cruel and turbulent 21st century is being penetrated through all Remarque’s literary works and it is: shame. Remarque became famous for a series of works describing the horrors of war, he was the participant of war as well. His most famous novel is ” All Quiet on the Western Front ” (original in German: Im Westen nichts Neues), originally published in 1928 in sequels. In 1929, this novel was published as a book. This novel gives us an insight of the cruelty of war from the angle of nineteen-year-old soldiers. Remarque continues his writing of a number of works of similar characteristics and themes.


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The quote from his book ” All Quiet on the Western Front “:

“We sit so opposite to each other, Katz and I, two soldiers in ragged coats and bake a goose in the middle of the night. We do not speak much, but we are full of attention, which is more gentle than I can imagine among lovers. Outside is the night and the cycle of death.” Erich Maria Remarque

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This German writer was so ashamed of all the crimes committed in the name of Germany and Germans. You, as a potential reader of his works, will notice this in his perfect and striking sentences, which will not leave anyone indifferent. Once you start reading Remarque, you’ll always be back to him. Always.

Erich Maria Remarque was born as Erich Paul Remark on June 22, 1898 in Osnabrück, Germany. He changed his middle name in the honor of his mother. He received an education in private Catholic schools and subsequently enrolled in a training school for teachers, which he attended until he was conscripted into the German army. At this time, he also began writing fiction. He died on the 25th September 1970.

Remarque was a German novelist who created many works about the horrors of war. His best known novel All Quiet on the Western Front (1928), about German soldiers in the First World War, was made into an Oscar-winning film. His book made him an enemy of the Nazis, who burned many of his works.

Dear Erich,

Thank you very much for all your great works and rest in peace.


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