• « Quand nous partons, nous ne sommes que de vulgaires soldats, maussades ou de bonne humeur et, quand nous arrivons dans la zone où commence le front, nous sommes devenus des hommes- bêtes. ».

    Témoignage d'un simple soldat allemand de la guerre 1914-1918, À l'ouest rien de nouveau, roman pacifiste, réaliste et bouleversant, connut, dès sa parution én 1928, un succès mondial retentissant et reste l'un des ouvrages les plus remarquables sur la monstruosité de la guerre.

  • Paris, 1939. Ravic, chirurgien allemand émigré en France pour fuir le régime nazi, opère dans la clandestinité pour le compte d'un médecin français qui ne maîtrise plus son métier. Hanté par les sévices qu'il a subis en Allemagne, il déambule dans la capitale, à la veille de l'Occupation, risquant chaque jour d'être expulsé. Lorsqu'il rencontre Jeanne, jeune chanteuse exilée comme lui, il reprend un temps goût au bonheur, mais les ombres du passé ne lâchent pas prises si facilement.
    Arc de triomphe est le portrait d'un homme qui, derrière son cynisme, cache un profond humanisme, opérant sans distinction grandes dames et prostituées, petites gens et hauts fonctionnaires. C'est aussi un grand roman d'amour et, surtout, le tableau saisissant d'un monde sur le point de basculer dans l'obscurité.

  • « J'étais dans l'île d'Ellis Island, c'était l'été 1944, et devant mes yeux j'avais New York. »Ludwig Sommer a vu son père faire assassiner par la Gestapo. Après un long périple à travers l'Europe, le jeune Allemand, pourchassé par les nazis, a enfin rejoint les États-Unis. Son permis de séjour en poche, il part à la découverte de cette terre promise dont les richesses semblent inépuisables. Mais la guerre et ses blessures, toujours vivaces, rendent difficiles les nouveaux départs.Dans cet ultime roman, laissé inachevé à sa mort en 1970, l'auteur d'À l'ouest rien de nouveau brosse le portrait d'une communauté d'exilés tout en offrant une réjouissante satire de la société américaine.Un livre somptueux sur la vie en laquelle il faut continuer malgré tout à croire. Gilles Heuré, Télérama.Un étonnant mélange entre gravité et frivolité, guerre et paix, retrouvailles et souvenirs obsédants des disparus... Une magnifique chronique. Macha Séry, Le Monde des livres.   Traduit de l'allemand et postfacé par Bernard Lortholary.

  • Après

    Erich Maria Remarque

    «Mais vous avez pourtant tué un homme ! insiste le président. - J'ai déjà tué bien des hommes», répond Albert avec indifférence. L'avocat général sursaute. Le juré le plus rapproché de la porte cesse de se ronger les ongles : «Qu'avez-vous dit ?» demande le président, suffoqué. Je lance vivement : «Pendant la guerre. - Ce n'est pas du tout la même chose», fait l'avocat général déçu. Alors Albert lève la tête : «Comment n'est-ce pas du tout la même chose ?» L'avocat général se lève : «Oseriez-vous faire la moindre comparaison entre votre acte et le combat pour la patrie ? - Non, répond Albert, les gens que j'ai tués à cette époque ne m'avaient rien fait...» Aux combats d'À l'ouest rien de nouveau succède le dur retour des soldats à la vie civile. Erich Maria Remarque nous raconte la folle recherche de leur jeunesse perdue dans une Allemagne en proie au chaos.

  • La guerre - la Grande Guerre -, et la vie qui reprend. L'inhumanité des combats, le difficile retour à la vie civile, les souvenirs obsédants. Dans ces six nouvelles qui parurent après son exil aux États-Unis, l'auteur de À l'ouest rien de nouveau montre à quel point le militarisme et le nationalisme sont des machines à décerveler et à tuer et livre un plaidoyer sans didactisme et sans pathos contre la bêtise et l'inutilité de toutes les guerres. « Au-dessus de ces champs semblent se dresser les années perdues, les années qui n'ont pas été et que ne trouvent pas le repos - le cri de la jeunesse anéantie trop tôt, fauchée en pleine course. »

  • Lisbonne, 1942. Un homme erre sur les quais du port devant le paquebot qui part le lendemain vers les États-Unis. Il est émigré allemand, il n'a ni argent ni visa et ne sait comment rejoindre le monde libre. Un inconnu l'aborde et lui propose un étrange marché : en échange de passeports et de billets pour New-York, il devra écouter son histoire, le récit de sa fuite d'Allemagne, de son exil en France, de sa passion pour une femme... Publié pour la première fois en 1962, La Nuit de Lisbonne est à la fois une poignante histoire d'amour et un témoignage intemporel sur la condition des réfugiés et sur l'importance de conserver la trace de la destinée de chaque être humain.

  • Les camarades

    Erich Maria Remarque

    Dans l'Allemagne des années trente, trois anciens soldats - trois camarades - tentent de survivre grâce à la vente de voitures d'occasion et au garage qu'ils ont monté. Face au désespoir ambiant certains trouvent refuge dans le nazisme, d'autres dans l'alcool et les femmes, parfois même dans la mort. Misère des meublés, banalité de la prostitution, cabarets sordides constituent le quotidien de nombreux laissés-pour-compte. Robby est l'un d'eux.
    Mais voilà qu'apparaît la fragile Pat, et avec elle la possibilité de redonner enfin un sens à la vie...

    L'auteur d'À l'ouest rien de nouveau nous offre un nouveau chef-d'oeuvre.

  • Soldat d'une armée allemande à laquelle ses chefs avaient promis la maîtrise du monde et qui compte ses innombrables morts, Ernst Gräber échappe à l'enfer des bombardements à l'occasion d'une permission et quitte le front russe devant Stalingrad pour partir à la recherche de ses parents. Effrayante odyssée : il ne traverse que des villes en ruine et ne voit que des survivants affamés. La rencontre d'une amie d'enfance, Élisabeth, va soudain illuminer la vie d'Ernst. Mais, après le spectacle de la destruction des hommes, y a-t-il encore un temps pour aimer ?
    Dans Un temps pour vivre, un temps pour mourir, Erich Maria Remarque impose l'idée, alors nouvelle, de «guerre totale». Il y révèle la barbarie à laquelle aboutit l'armée allemande, aveuglément bornée, sur le front de l'Est. Et le soldat Ernst Gräber, contraint de se battre malgré lui au nom de l'Allemagne nazie, témoigne du dilemme dans lequel finit par se trouver tout individu quand il veut demeurer fidèle à sa conscience.

  • 1923-1924 : deux années folles en Allemagne, où une inflation démentielle ruine les salariés et enrichit les affairistes. Employé à la firme «Henry Kroll et fils, monuments funéraires», Louis vend des pierres tombales et des sculptures commémoratives. Le moment est favorable à ceux qui vivent de la mort des autres. Les aventures sont à portée de main et, quand la tristesse s'empare des hommes, la virée au bordel, où Fritzi ou le «cheval de fer» proposent des services très spéciaux, fait passer le vague-à-l'âme. Mais, peu à peu, Louis comprend ce que ces facilités de la vie lui avaient masqué : l'amour est ailleurs, et pourquoi pas auprès de son amie internée dans un hôpital psychiatrique ?
    Ce récit de la transformation d'un homme dans une Allemagne gangrenée par la corruption et les débuts du nazisme se lit, comme tous les grands livres, à plusieurs niveaux. Pour le préfacier Lionel Richard, «la technique romanesque de Remarque consiste à dégager sur un arrière-plan réaliste, d'une écriture souvent à la hache et au vitriol, un plan qui le contrecarre : il poétise les insatisfactions, les rêves, les aspirations de certains de ses personnages. Et il y parvient efficacement parce qu'il s'identifie à eux.»

  • One by one the boys begin to fall...In 1914 a room full of German schoolboys, fresh-faced and idealistic, are goaded by their schoolmaster to troop off to the 'glorious war'. With the fire and patriotism of youth they sign up. What follows is the moving story of a young 'unknown soldier' experiencing the horror and disillusionment of life in the trenches.

  • The evocative story of a man without a country, Arch of Triumph is a World War II–era classic from the author of All Quiet on the Western Front.
    It is 1939. Despite a law banning him from performing surgery, Ravic--a German doctor and refugee living in Paris--has been treating some of the city’s most elite citizens for two years on the behalf of two less-than-skillful French physicians.
    Forbidden to return to his own country, and dodging the everyday dangers of jail and deportation, Ravic manages to hang on--all the while searching for the Nazi who tortured him back in Germany. And though he’s given up on the possibility of love, life has a curious way of taking a turn for the romantic, even during the worst of times.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review

  • History and fate collide as the Nazis rise to power in The Night in Lisbon, a classic tale of survival from the renowned author of All Quiet on the Western Front.
    With the world slowly sliding into war, it is crucial that enemies of the Reich flee Europe at once. But so many routes are closed, and so much money is needed. Then one night in Lisbon, as a poor young refugee gazes hungrily at a boat bound for America, a stranger approaches him with two tickets and a story to tell.
    It is a harrowing tale of bravery and butchery, daring and death, in which the price of love is beyond measure and the legacy of evil is infinite. As the refugee listens spellbound to the desperate teller, in a matter of hours the two form a unique and unshakable bond--one that will last all their lives.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • From one of the twentieth century’s master novelists, the author of the classic All Quiet on the Western Front, comes Heaven Has No Favorites, a bittersweet story of unconventional love that sweeps across Europe.
    Lillian is charming, beautiful . . . and slowly dying of consumption. But she doesn’t wish to end her days in a hospital in the Alps. She wants to see Paris again, then Venice--to live frivolously for as long as possible. She might die on the road, she might not, but before she goes, she wants a chance at life.
    Clerfayt, a race-car driver, tempts fate every time he’s behind the wheel. A man with no illusions about chance, he is powerfully drawn to a woman who can look death in the eye and laugh. Together, he and Lillian make an unusual pair, living only for the moment, without regard for the future. It’s a perfect arrangement--until one of them begins to fall in love.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • In Spark of Life, a powerful classic from the renowned author of All Quiet on the Western Front, one man’s dream of freedom inspires a valiant resistance against the Nazi war machine.
    For ten years, 509 has been a political prisoner in a German concentration camp, persevering in the most hellish conditions. Deathly weak, he still has his wits about him and he senses that the end of the war is near. If he and the other living corpses in his barracks can hold on for liberation--or force their own--then their suffering will not have been in vain.
    Now the SS who run the camp are ratcheting up the terror. But their expectations are jaded and their defenses are down. It is possible that the courageous yet terribly weak prisoners have just enough left in them to resist. And if they die fighting, they will die on their own terms, cheating the Nazis out of their devil’s contract.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • From the author of the masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front, The Black Obelisk is a classic novel of the troubling aftermath of World War I in Germany.
    A hardened young veteran from the First World War, Ludwig now works for a monument company, selling stone markers to the survivors of deceased loved ones. Though ambivalent about his job, he suspects there’s more to life than earning a living off other people’s misfortunes.
    A self-professed poet, Ludwig soon senses a growing change in his fatherland, a brutality brought upon it by inflation. When he falls in love with the beautiful but troubled Isabelle, Ludwig hopes he has found a soul who will offer him salvation--who will free him from his obsession to find meaning in a war-torn world. But there comes a time in every man’s life when he must choose to live--despite the prevailing thread of history horrifically repeating itself.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review

  • From the acclaimed author of All Quiet on the Western Front comes Three Comrades, a harrowing novel that follows a group of friends as they cope with upheaval in Germany between World Wars I and II.
    The year is 1928. On the outskirts of a large German city, three young men are earning a thin and precarious living. Fully armed young storm troopers swagger in the streets. Restlessness, poverty, and violence are everywhere. For these three, friendship is the only refuge from the chaos around them. Then the youngest of them falls in love, and brings into the group a young woman who will become a comrade as well, as they are all tested in ways they can have never imagined.
    Written with the same overwhelming simplicity and directness that made All Quiet on the Western Front a classic, Three Comrades portrays the greatness of the human spirit, manifested through characters who must find the inner resources to live in a world they did not make, but must endure.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • From the beloved author of All Quiet on the Western Front, Flotsam is a terrifying portrait of Europe as the Nazi shadow falls over the continent.
    Political dissidents, Jews, medical students, petty criminals: Among the thousands of displaced persons traveling the unpaved roads of Europe, there are Steiner and Kern. Both have irritated officials for outstaying their two-week sojourn in Czechoslovakia. And so they must leave. Not that either has any place to go. Not in 1939. But when a man is led by a guard to the border of one country, he must try another. Until he is escorted from that one too.
    Living hand-to-mouth, selling shoelaces and safety pins for a few pennies, Steiner and Kern find that, remarkably, there are still pleasures to be had. Paris, for one; love, for another. For amid the heartless cruelty and cold-blooded laws of the Nazi state, there is still humanity and kindness. And there is incomparable joy in falling in love, surviving, and telling your story so it is never forgotten.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • The sequel to the masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front, The Road Back is a classic novel of the slow return of peace to Europe in the years following World War I.
    After four grueling years, the Great War has finally ended. Now Ernst and the few men left from his company cannot help wondering what will become of them. The town they departed as eager young men seems colder, their homes smaller, the reasons their comrades had to die even more inexplicable.
    For Ernst and his friends, the road back to peace is more treacherous than they ever imagined. Suffering food shortages, political unrest, and a broken heart, Ernst undergoes a crisis that teaches him what there is to live for--and what he has that no one can ever take away.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review

  • A haunting classic from the author of All Quiet on the Western Front, Shadows in Paradise reveals the deepest scars of the men and women who experienced the Holocaust.
    After years of hiding and surviving near death in a concentration camp, Ross is finally safe. Now living in New York City among old friends, far from Europe’s chilling atrocities, Ross soon meets Natasha, a beautiful model and fellow émigré, a warm heart to help him forget his cold memories.
    Yet even as the war draws to its violent close, Ross cannot find peace. Demons still pursue him. Whether they are ghosts from the past or the guilt of surviving, he does not know. For he is only beginning to understand that freedom is far from easy--and that paradise, however perfect, has a price.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • From the quintessential author of wartime Germany, A Time to Love and a Time to Die echoes the harrowing insights of his masterpiece All Quiet on the Western Front.
    After two years at the Russian front, Ernst Graeber finally receives three weeks’ leave. But since leaves have been canceled before, he decides not to write his parents, fearing he would just raise their hopes.
    Then, when Graeber arrives home, he finds his house bombed to ruin and his parents nowhere in sight. Nobody knows if they are dead or alive. As his leave draws to a close, Graeber reaches out to Elisabeth, a childhood friend. Like him, she is imprisoned in a world she did not create. But in a time of war, love seems a world away. And sometimes, temporary comfort can lead to something unexpected and redeeming.
    “The world has a great writer in Erich Maria Remarque. He is a craftsman of unquestionably first rank, a man who can bend language to his will. Whether he writes of men or of inanimate nature, his touch is sensitive, firm, and sure.”--The New York Times Book Review
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • From the detention centre on Ellis Island, Ludwig Somner looks across a small stretch of water to the glittering towers of New York, which whisper seductively of freedom after so many years of wandering through a perlious, suffering Europe. Remarque's final novel, left unfinished at his death, tells of the precarious life of the refugee - life lived in hotel lobbies, on false passports, the strange, ill-assorted refugee community held together by an unspeakable past. For Somner, each new luxury - ice cream served in drugstores, bright shop windows, art, a new suit, a new romance - has a bittersweet edge. Memories of war and inhumanity continue to resurface even in this peaceful promised land.A haunting snapshot of a unique time, place and predicament, this is another powerful comment from Remarque on the devastating effects of war.

  • Né avec le siècle, Erich-Maria Remarque a accompagné les soubresauts de son époque dont il fut le témoin.
    Il avait survécu à la Première Guerre mondiale et écrit le livre de toute une génération.
    Comment survivre ? se demandait dans les dernières pages le héros de A l'Ouest rien de nouveau (1929). Survivre : c'est fuir l'Allemagne nazie à la fin des années 1930 pour Paris, refuge mythique des intellectuels européens (Les Exilés et Arc de Triomphe) ; survivre sur le front russe pour un citoyen ordinaire devenu un soldat ordinaire (Un temps pour vivre, un temps pour mourir) ; survivre dans un camp de concentration (L'Etincelle de vie) : à la suite de A l'Ouest rien de nouveau, qui a éclipsé le reste de l'oeuvre de Remarque, voici des romans puissants, brutaux, humanistes et chaleureux.

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