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  • Published: 7 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473565043
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
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The Way Back




The sequel to one of the most powerful novels of the First World War and a keystone title on the Vintage Classics list.

The sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front, one of the most powerful novels of the First World War and a twentieth century classic.

The mud and horror of the Western Front swallowed the lives of many, but it consumed the youth, innocence and dreams of many more - those men who returned from the Great War to be met as strangers by their families, and with incomprehension by that older generation who sent them from school to the battlefield. Even their fellowship in arms, the close comradeship that sustained them through the worst times, now falls away in civilian life. But something abides. Burdened as they are by economic hardship and the physical and emotional ravages of war, a group of men struggle against the odds to resurrect their lives and build their futures. Erich Maria Remarque's masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front, was a lament for lost generation. This sequel speaks with the same resonant voice for those who came back.

TRANSLATED BY BRIAN MURDOCH

  • Published: 7 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781473565043
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 304
Categories:

About the author

Erich Maria Remarque

Erich Maria Remarque was a German author and veteran of the First World War. He was born 1898 in Osnabrück, Germany. At the age of 18 he was conscripted into the German army. During his service he was wounded by shrapnel in the left leg, right arm and neck. Following the war he worked as a primary school teacher, and later as a librarian, a journalist and a technical writer. Among Remarque’s published novels were All Quiet on the Western Front, The Road Back, Three Comrades and Arch of Triumph. His works were publicly burned by the Nazi German government, and in 1947 he and his first wife became naturalised citizens of the United States. Four years earlier, his sister had been executed at the behest of Hitler’s ‘People’s Court’.

Remarque adapted the book Ten Days to Die, about Hitler’s final days, as a screenplay, and he also wrote for the stage. His last novel was The Night in Lisbon, published in 1962. During his lifetime Remarque married twice and had love affairs with the actresses Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.

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Praise for The Way Back

Remarque is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank

New York Times Book Review

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