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La via del ritorno

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  1,968 ratings  ·  53 reviews

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 treacherou
Paperback, Oscar Mondadori, 271 pages
Published 1988 by Mondadori (first published 1931)
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The Road back, although less well known than All Quiet on the Western Front, is just as thought-provoking and, in subtle ways, even more heart breaking.

The story begins during the last few days of WWI. As battle rages around them, a group of young German soldiers contemplate what peace will be like and dream of returning home with both fear and longing. They grieve for lost comrades who won't be returning with them but anticipate the joy of being back with friends and family, of returning, final
This is the sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front, and it may be more quietly powerful. There are some of the snippets of gruesome battle scenes, but this book that takes place after World War I shows the soldiers disillusioned with the war's purpose, alienated from their friends and life before the war and adrift when they try to resume their lives at home. Trained as soldiers in a brutal war, they have a hard time finding their place in society and find themselves missing the camaraderie of ...more
Lora Grigorova
The Road Back:

I am quite astonished that The Road Back is much less known than its famous prequel All Quiet on the Western Front. For me The Road Back is a heartbreaking story, that left me crying myself quietly to sleep in the middle of the night. In All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque was not quite himself – the author I know for dissecting human relationships and for philosophizing about life and love. Instead he was focused exclusively
Jimmy Fahey
I read Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front many years ago. I re-read it while travelling through Europe and wanted to read more of his novels. I heard about the Road Back in an article about Kevin Power's brilliant Yellow Birds, a novel about the Gulf War.

There are a lot of novels about the First World War, but very few books about the experience of returning soldiers. The Road Back poignantly captures the difficult task returned soldiers face of reintegrating into society after years of
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Събитията от началото на миналия век, може би, не са най-грозните белези в историята на човечеството. Вероятно преди Голямата война, преди Голямата депресия, преди Холокоста е имало и по-мащабни или по-кървави събития, но не са достатъчно добре документирани за да дадат пълната представа за своята чудовищност.

Затова харесвам творбите на Ерих Мария Ремарк – дават почти картинна представа за съвремието му. Още повече, че Ремарк не пише суховати научни доклади, а създава интимен разказ за индивида,
Quando ho visitato San Francisco sono rimasta colpita, tra le tante bellezze, dall'elevato numero di senzatetto e dall'altissima percentuale di ex-militari fra di loro. Siamo nel ventunesimo secolo, la guerra, soprattutto per i paesi occidentali, è diventata un mestiere, moderno, tecnologico, estremamente organizzato eppure ancora si fatica a trovare un modo efficace per aiutare coloro che hanno combattuto a reinserirsi nella società civile. Cosa avrà significato allora per un gruppo di adolesc ...more
Corbin Routier
All Quiet on the Western Front is the staple of Erich Maria Remarque, but in my opinion this book is a much more important piece of literature. It is a prophetic piece of literature. It demonstrates the ease at which a country wishing for the end of conflict (All Quiet on the Western Front) can change into an aggressor wishing for lost glory (The Road Back). It carries a theme similar to Catch-22 by Joseph Heller in that it displays the dichotomy of good intentions and morbid consequences of mil ...more
A great book spoiled by amateurish & clumsy translation.

At times this book carries the same quality of writing that makes Remarque generally such a good read and you just can't keep a good man down. All the better really because unfortunately, this otherwise very good book is often spoiled by some bad translation and plain bad English. Tenses jump from one to the other without good reason in describing the same scene or chain of events whilst in other places the syntax is all over the place
story of german soldiers' struggle fitting back into society after spending months in the trenches during WWI. speaks to the the life of the soldier after war: something we do not often take the time to think about.
A great series of books. It you to comprehend the hardships of the average German man during World War and gives you a little insight into their reasoning for starting WW II.
This is one of the few books that has ever made me cry. Excellent book, I highly recommend this book!
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Seguito ideale de "Niente di nuovo sul fronte occidentale", è un pugno nello stomaco ancora più forte del suo predecessore, la totale inutilità della guerra affiancata qui dall'ipocrisia della pace e dalla desolante incapacità degli uomini di imparare dai propri errori, il sacrificio di milioni di giovani vite accantonato senza esitazioni da retoriche smemorate o volutamente ingannatrici.

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First time in 2014 I've read a book worthy of 5 stars. It's a brilliant book, I'm still overwhelmed by this book. It's so intense, so powerful and dramatic (not melodramatic), that I simply wasn't able to concentrate on anything while I still had some pages left to read.
It's been six years since the last time I read All Quiet on the Western Front, which still remains one of my favourite books, and only a couple of months ago I started to wonder whether Erich Maria Remarque had written any more b
Einer der besten Remarques. Man fühlt die Hoffnungslosigkeit, die bodenlose Leere der Soldaten, die in ihre Heimat zurückkehren und doch nicht ankommen, nicht ankommen können. Leben, die sich verändern, Menschen, die sich verändern, Welten, die sich verändern. Man fühlt mit den Figuren mit, sie sind realistisch gezeichnet, Geschichten, wie nur das Leben sie schreibt. Remarque bietet einen Querschnitt der Kriegsheimkehrer des Ersten Weltkrieges, die allerdings nicht zur jungen Sturmfront des Nati ...more
A soldier returning from a war is as interesting a study as one first entering the military. He has been conditioned to a certain type of life and is now leaving it for a completely different environment. It should be the familiarity of home, but is it really? Can he adjust? How is he different from his former self? Will his family and friends recognize him as the same person? He is usually returning home with no preparation at all for the "new" life that awaits him. At least a new recruit gets ...more
Ceļš uz mājām ir no kara sērijas, taču par to, ka karš pēc tā beigšanās nekur nepazūd, bet turpina dzīvot cilvēku atmiņās un domās, kas izrādās tik spēcīgas, ka pārņem vissīkāko prāta nostūri, plosa dzīvi un beigās pazudina kara varoņus.
Principā fiziskais ceļš uz mājām no kara paņem salīdzinoši īsu romāna daļu, bet atmiņas, bezspēcība un garīgais un neiespējamais atpakaļceļš šeit spēlē galveno lomu.
Remarks, protams, raksta aizraujoši, tas man nav nekāds jaunums, ļaudams lasītājam notiekošo izt
The psychologically haunting follow-up novel to All Quiet on the Western Front. These boys traveled to the depths of human depravity and brutality and came back to a thankless, cold, poor society. A society that didn't know who these boys were or what they did or why they did it, and didn't want to know.

Welcome to the 20th century boys! Here we are individuals, we do not have social infrastructure to help reintegrate you into society. It's up to you to find it within yourself to just forget the
A strong desire to approach the characters of this book one by one, hug them, listen to the ones that are urging to speak, and assure that everything will be alright some day and that they are not alone. And to do this everyday untill one day they feel better. This is what this book made me feel like doing. Or, alternatively, let them meet my mother, who would've known how to help them as she helped me.

To my mind this book is stronger than the Western Front, and it is so in a unique, silent way.
James Hatton
This is the sequel to "All Quiet on the Western Front". It is the story of the soldiers who returned home; the thirty-two, out of the five hundred who went to war together. It is a stunning tale. It is a harbinger of the war that would follow, twenty-two years on. It must be read.

I read this book immediately after reading "Fear", by Gabriel Chevallier. One perspective French. One perspective German. It is the same story, from either perspective. Think about that.

Петър Стойков
Продължението на "На западния фронт нищо ново", което описва броженията в Германия след края на Първата световна.

Както и първата книга, набляга на личните преживявания на героите, само че за разлика от нея сега личните им преживявания не са война, а срещи със семействата им, танци и запои, което далеч не е толкова интересно, колкото го казвам...
Charles Vella
Another great book by Erich Remarque. The parallels between veterans of the first world war returning to Germany and those returning to the US today are remarkable. Unfortunately it appears that things haven't changed much in some ways. As with every other Remarque book I've read, this one is pretty depressing but it is well worth the effort.
I read this for a class at Breadloaf School of English and while the class was good, I found this book slow. Thinking back over it, if I had another chance to read it, I might like it more. I was simply ingesting so much in such a small period of time that I didn't have time to enjoy it.
Maybe I will read it again, but I doubt it.
Heather Schmitt
If you read "All Quiet On The Western Front", I suggest giving this one a go. It takes place after "AQOTWF" and mentions a few of the characters from "AQOTWF". While not as gripping and popular, it deserves to be given a chance.

Alec Shipley
Amazing work! For anyone wondering what Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is all about, here it is. Imagine having no idea about the psychology of the condition. Now, multiply that with an entire generation coming home to family and friends, none of whom have any idea of what they are going through, nor the capacity to understand them.
Remarque starts out with an existential narrative, but then switches towards the transcendental. Echoing hints of ‘Wind and the Willows,’ he finds the sole saving gr
Heather G
Very good!

I have never read a book of his that Truly gives you the full picture on how hard it was cope with life after the war
Another Remarque-able piece worth reading. Of a man, his manhood diminished in the claws of the great war and most importantly, how not just to stay alive, but to live with full aspiration when it all ends.
Guillaume Frasca
Un récit poignant, d'une écriture simple et directe, qui raconte l'impossibilité pour les soldats revenus des tranchées de reprendre le cours normal de leurs existences.
Patrice Hollmann
Heartbreaking. This book shows the soldiers returning home after the war. They do not belong to the ordinary society any more and nightmares of the past don't want to leave them alone, The only chance of surviving is found in friendship which later seems to slip away...
After finishing this book I feel sad. It shows very vividly the real hardship of life of the 'lost generation', where even the truest things like brotherhood of soldiers loses its value in the dirty society full of lies and bloo
The sequel to "All Quiet on the Western Front": Remarque follows the lives of several German soldiers who return home from the Western front after World War I. It is an indictment of war, and of the conditions that promote it and permit it, from the author of the greatest anti-war book ever. In light of all the discoveries around post-traumatic stress disorders in later years, this is a look at what soldiers encountered and how they responded long before such conditions were ever recognized.
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Erich Maria Remarque is one of the best known and most widely read authors of German literature in the twentieth century.

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