Erich Maria Remarque: Arc de Triomphe [Arch of Triumph]

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  • Hans Wagener (University of California, Los Angeles)

After Liebe deinen Nächsten [Flotsam; 1941], Remarque continued his theme of the survival of refugees from the “Third Reich” in his next novel, Arch of Triumph [1945; German edition, Arc de Triomphe 1946]. It was first published in the United States and became the author’s second international bestseller. The novel was translated into at least fifteen languages; between four and five million copies were sold, over two million of them in the United States alone, where it stayed for months on the bestseller list. There is general agreement among critics that Arc de Triomphe is Remarque’s best émigré novel.

The action of Arc de Triomphe begins on Armistice Day …

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Wagener, Hans. "Arc de Triomphe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 October 2008
[, accessed 01 October 2016.]