Although first published in 1956, Der schwarze Obelisk [The Black Obelisk] is in some respect a continuation of the Remarque’s much earlier war novels Im Westen nichts neues [All Quiet on the Western Front, 1929] and Der Weg zurück [The Road Back, 1931]. The novel is set between April and October 1923, i.e. during the time between these two novels and Kammerater [Three Comrades, 1936]. It is the time when the hyperinflation in Germany was reaching its peak, when workers were being paid twice a day and speculators became rich. The salaried civil servants and the poor, …
Wagener, Hans. "Der schwarze Obelisk". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2008; last revised 30 November -1.
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