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La via del ritorno (All Quiet on the Western Front/The Road Back/Three Comrades #2)

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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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Saša Romić I have just read the book. The main character and narrator is Ernst Birkholz. Soldiers from All Quiet on the Western Front were his friends, and he…moreI have just read the book. The main character and narrator is Ernst Birkholz. Soldiers from All Quiet on the Western Front were his friends, and he mentions them sometimes when talking about war tragedies. Tjaden was in the first part and he didn't die. He is one of the guys from the group in second part.

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Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lolita Church
Ende des Ersten Weltkriegs: Der junge Ernst Birkholz liegt mit seinen Kameraden an der Westfront, Gerüchte vom bevorstehenden Frieden machen bereits die Runde, grausam gestorben wird weiterhin. Dann ist es plötzlich vorbei, die Kompanie tritt die Heimreise an. Doch was die Soldaten im Schützengraben als Wiederkehr in ein Idyll imaginiert haben, scheitert an den schweren Traumatisierungen der jungen Kriegsteilnehmer und der mangelnden Bereitschaft der Daheimgebliebenen, die Soldaten als Verändert ...more
Jimmy Fahey
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lora Grigorova
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
How near they come together, yesterday and today, death and life!
A vague, threatening something seems to be sneaking upon me; it retreats when I try to grapple with it, it disperses when I advance upon it, and then it gathers again behind me and watches.
I see now that it has all been in vain—I have been running about and about, I have knocked again at all the doors of my youth and desired to enter in there; I thought, surely it must admit me again, for I am still young and have wished so much
Nov 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Remarque classic, another one of the Greatest novel I've read. This is THE ABSOLUTE PERFECT followup there can be to the epical greatness of the story of All Quiet on the Western Front. A must read for anyone who ever heard of World War 1/2, or ever had a friend, or just ever read even a single book!
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
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đọc một hồi sao thấy quen quen, đọc thim hồi nữa nhớ ra là giống dead poets society đó, à hông, chắc phim đó giống truyện này mới phải, mà phim đó sao ha, mình cũng không nhớ nữa =)))
thặc ra bạn remarque tủi nhỏ bị bịnh rắc múi tiu... (rắc thị phạm)... suốt ngày ba chấm trìn min quá xì tin nên đọc zô cũng hơi hơi mệt =))) nhưng toi là típ rất dễ bias rất dễ mủi lòng mà : )) cho nên sau khi mệt thì chuyển sang shúc động eheheh T_T
pi ét: bạn Ludwig thiếu niên đã làm tui rơm rớm, không phải lúc bạn
Phan Sỹ quang
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chi-n-tranh
Lối về nào cho những người lính bị chiến tranh tàn phá hết tình yêu và những giấc mơ? Một tác phẩm xúc động kể về sự vật lộn của những người lính đã trải qua những năm tháng đầu đời trong chiến tranh và rồi bị đẩy ngược lại cuộc sống thường nhật, nhưng vốn dĩ đã trở nên quá xa lạ với họ. Remarque viết về chiến tranh qua góc nhìn của những người vô-quốc-tính để ta hiểu rằng cái giá của chiến tranh và hận thù lớn như thế nào cho bất cứ ai tham gia, dù thắng cuộc hay thua cuộc, dù chính nghĩa hay p ...more
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book portrays the lasting struggle and melancholy of war-torn soldiers. We witness that even in times of peace and quite, the emotions persist. Similarly to All Quite on the Western Front, the essential theme is comradeship and its lack of. I was a bit disappointed in not learning more about some characters, especially Tjaden, who was introduced to us in the 1st book. Also I thought Remarque jumped around a lot and found the book a bit hard to follow. On the plus side, Remarque included a f ...more
Aksi Kukalev
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more I read #Remarque, the more thought-provoking and heart-breaking it gets. I dare you. #Read. The Road Back links All Quiet on the Western Front and Three Comrades. It also scratches your soul. I dare you. Read.
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
Saša Romić
Jul 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, war
Radnja počinje u studenom 1918. godine, zadnji su dani rata i mir će uskoro biti proglašen. Ranjeni, bolesni i prljavi vojnici se vraćaju kući. Svi važniji likovi iz prvog dijela (Na Zapadu ništa novo), osim Tjadena, mrtvi su, uključujući i Paula, koji je bio narator. U Povratku, narator je Ernst Birkholz, vojnik koji je poznavao sve dečke s fronta iz prvog dijela. Ponekad ih spomene kad u bijesu govori o besmislenosti rata. Dečki ubrzo shvaćaju da je ono što ih čeka kod kuće jednako teško kao i ...more
M.J. Payne
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Road Back”, Erich Maria Remarque’s scorchingly raw tale of WW1 German soldiers returning from years of war, draws the reader directly into the misery and confusion of their attempts to acclimate themselves into a social world that does not understand them. It is as if they had spent years on the Autobahn only to find themselves becalmed in a parking lot. Remarque is the ultimate wordsmith and paints word pictures that live in the deepest anguish of the human soul and the desire for connecti ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww-2-ns
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
Feb 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: remarque
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Isabella Roland
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From now on I will shut my mouth about war, soldiers, and the violence associated with such because after reading this I fear that I know nothing about it. To experience war is to experience the closest feeling to death. It is to give up hope and also cling to it. This novel does an amazing job of capturing a soldier’s feelings after a war is over. What is there to go home to? Memories fail you and what you thought was home is really just another place. What kept you alive on the battlefield is ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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.

La recensione completa qui:
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Alfie Shuvro
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the few books that has ever made me cry. Excellent book, I highly recommend this book!
Akter Hossain
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
রাজনৈতিক বযকতিতবগণ পিতৃভূমি রকষার অজুহাতে, বিরতব ও দেশপরেমের মিথযে বানানো,রসালো গলল বলে নিষপাপ সবপনচারী তরুণদের লেলিয়ে দেয় যুদধের ময়দানে ঝাপিয়ে পড়তে.... অতঃপর একটি যুদধ কেড়ে নেয় অসংখয নিরপরাধ মানুষের পরান....

যুদধ শেষ করে দেয়,,, ছিনন ভিনন করে দেয় একজন সৈনিকের সবাভাবিক জীবন.... ঝরে যায় তার সোনালি অধযায় যা যার আর ফিরে পায় না.... সারাকষন তার চোখের সামনে ভেসে উঠে গোলাগুলির দৃশয.... পরান যাওয়ার মিছিল... শানতিতে ঘুমোতে পারেনা এক মুহূরত..... তারা যেন বেচে থেকেও মৃত।
মূলত যুদধ পরবরতী সময়ে একজন সৈনিক
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Viedli sme, ani sme o tom nevedeli, vojnu proti sebe samým! A každý výstrel, ktorý trafil, trafil jedného z nás! Počúvaj ma dobre, volám ti to rovno do uší: Mládež sveta zničili a v každej krajine oklamali a zneužili, ale v každej krajine zdvihla zbraň za niečie záujmy, a nie za ideály, v každej krajine do nej strieľali a navzájom sa vyvražďovali!... Verili sme, že ide o budúcnosť! Ale išlo to proti budúcnosti. Naša budúcnosť je mŕtva, lebo je mŕtva aj mládež, ktorá ju niesla.My čo sme ostali, ...more
The unofficial sequel to Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front", this book looks at what happens after the war, as the soldiers all go home. It begins with them departing the trenches, and ends with the characters seeing the rise of the Freikorps and SA, which would later evolve into the Nazi party. It analyzes depression, and PTSD, and the role of nationalism in fomenting conflict. Very well written, very tragic.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jauni vyrukai grizta namo is fronto. Tiek daug vilciu ir svajoniu jie turi. Taika, laisve, nebera karo baisybiu. Deja ne viskas taip paprasta. Kara ir visa ka jie isgyveno ten, jie atsinesa su savimi. Karas niekur nedingo, jis vis dar juose ir aplink juos. Prireikia daug laiko ir netekciu kol jaunuoliai sugeba atsitiesti ir pradeti gyvenima is naujo. Tik jis jau nera toks kaip anksciau...
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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.

Remarque's biography is essentially marked and his writing fundamentally influenced by German history of the twentieth century: Childhood and youth in imperial Osnabrück, World War I, the Weimar Republic, and most of all his exile in Switzerland and the United States. With the
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“Educationalists who think they can understand the young are enthusiasts. Youth does not want to be understood; it wants only to be let alone. It preserves itself immune against the insidious bacillus of being understood. The grown-up who would approach it too importunately is as ridiculous in its eyes as if he had put on children's clothes. We may feel with our youth, but youth does not feel with us. That is its salvation.” 10 likes
“I have been running all about; I have knocked again at all the doors of my youth and desired to enter in there; I thought, surely it must admit me again, for I am still young and have wished so much to forget; but it fled always before me like a will-o'-the-wisp; it fell away without a sound; it crumbled like tinder at my lightest touch. And I could not understand.--Surely here at least something of it must remain? I attempted it again and again, and as a result made myself merely ridiculous and wretched. But now I know. I know now that a still, silent war has ravaged this country of my memories also; I know now it would be useless for me to look farther. Time lies between like a great gulf; I cannot get back. There is nothing for it; I must go forward, march onward, anywhere; it matters nothing, for I have no goal” 9 likes
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