I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks in pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.
On 31 July, he was wounded by shrapnel in the left leg, right arm and neck, and was repatriated to an army hospital in Germany where he spent the rest of the war.
After the war he continued his teacher training and worked from 1 August as a primary school teacher in Lohneat that time in the county of Lingen, now in the county of Bentheim. On 20 November he applied for leave of absence from teaching.
Remarque worked at a number of different jobs, including librarian, businessman, journalist, and editor. His first paid writing job was as a technical writer for the Continental Rubber Companya German tire manufacturer.
When he published All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque changed his middle name in memory of his mother and reverted to the earlier spelling of the family name to dissociate himself from his novel Die Traumbude.
InRemarque made a second literary start with the novel Station at the Horizon Station am Horizontwhich was serialised in the sports journal Sport im Bild for which Remarque was working. It was published in book form only in A number of similar works followed; in simple, emotive language they described wartime and the postwar years.
His next novel, Arch of Triumphfirst published in in English, and the next year in German as Arc de Triomphe, was another instant best-seller and reached worldwide sales of nearly five million. The apartment building "played a prominent role in his novel". He finally left Germany to live at his villa in Switzerland.
Remarque's German background as well as his Catholic faith were questioned by the Nazis, who continued to decry his writings, arguing anyone who would change the spelling of his name from the German "Remark" to the French "Remarque" could not be a true German.
InRemarque's German citizenship was revoked; and then inafter he and his ex-wife were remarried to prevent her repatriation to Germany, they left Porto Ronco, Switzerland, for the United States.
After a trial in the " Volksgerichtshof " Hitler's extra-constitutional "People's Court"she was found guilty of "undermining morale" for stating that she considered the war lost. Court President Roland Freisler declared, "Ihr Bruder ist uns leider entwischt—Sie aber werden uns nicht entwischen" "Your brother is unfortunately beyond our reach—you, however, will not escape us".
Scholz was beheaded on 16 Decemberand the cost of her prosecution, imprisonment and execution— There was a gap of seven years—a long silence for Remarque—between Arch of Triumph and his next work, Spark of Life Der Funke Lebenwhich appeared both in German and in English in Remarque made a cameo appearance in the film in the role of the Professor.
An English translation was published in Heaven Has No Favorites was serialised as Borrowed Life in before appearing as a book in and was made into the film Bobby Deerfield. The novel sold somecopies in Germany. Remarque and Zambona divorced inbut in they fled together to Switzerland.
Ilse Remarque died on 25 June In , zealots 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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Trending at $ Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. Buy It Now. "All Quiet on the Western Front" is Remarque's most memorable book, although he wrote nine others dealing with the miseries of war. "All Quiet on the Western Front" is the story of Paul Baumer, a young German soldier serving in the trenches in France.
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