Erich Maria Remarque: Die Nacht von Lissabon [The Night in Lisbon]

(1954 words)
  • Hans Wagener (University of California, Los Angeles)

Die Nacht von Lissabon [1962; The Night in Lisbon, 1961] was first published in English translation (transl. Ralph Manheim. New York: Harcourt, Brace) and one year later in German: In 1942 the first-person narrator, whose name is not mentioned, is staring at a ship anchored in the harbor of Lisbon, ready for departure to America on the following day. He is a refugee from Hitler Germany who wants to escape to America together with his wife Ruth, but he has neither a valid passport nor the required visa or the necessary money for the passage. At this moment a stranger walks up to him and offers him two free tickets on the ship and a passport with a valid visa in exchange for keeping him company that n…

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Wagener, Hans. "Die Nacht von Lissabon". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2008
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