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Arc de Triomphe: Roman (German Edition) [Kindle Edition]

E.M. Remarque
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Arc de Triomphe wurde Remarques zweiter Welterfolg nach Im Westen nichts Neues: Mit packender Leidenschaft erzählt Remarque die Geschichte des Arztes Ravic, der nach Paris emigriert und hier den Vorabend des Zweiten Weltkrieges erlebt. Aus Liebe zu zwei Frauen und dem Hass auf einen Gestapoagenten entwickelt sich das Drama eines Exilschicksals, in dessen Realität sich der Aufstand gegen den Terror einer ganzen Poche spiegelt.Paris, am Vorabend des Zweiten Weltkrieges: Hier trifft der aus Deutschland geflohene Arzt Ravic den Gestapo-Agenten Haake wieder, der seine Frau zu Tode gefoltert hat. Ravic sinnt auf Rache und lockt Haake in eine tödliche Falle...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1152 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: German
  • ASIN: B006N47KY6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Erich Maria Remarque was a German author and veteran of the First World War. He was born 1898 in Osnabrück, Germany. At the age of 18 he was conscripted into the German army. During his service he was wounded by shrapnel in the left leg, right arm and neck. Following the war he worked as a primary school teacher, and later as a librarian, a journalist and a technical writer.
Among Remarque's published novels were All Quiet on the Western Front, The Road Back, Three Comrades and Arch of Triumph. His works were publicly burned by the Nazi German government, and in 1947 he and his first wife became naturalised citizens of the United States. Four years earlier, his sister had been executed at the behest of Hitler's 'People's Court'.

Remarque adapted the book Ten Days to Die, about Hitler's final days, as a screenplay, and he also wrote for the stage. His last novel was The Night in Lisbon, published in 1962. During his lifetime Remarque married twice and had love affairs with the actresses Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The gathering clouds of war 11 Feb. 2001
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The action of the novel takes place in Paris between November 11th 1938 and the declaration of War on September 3rd, 1939. It was a period when Remarque himself spent many months in Paris. The main reason for this was not just business and his love of Paris, but more poignantly - his love for Marlene Dietrich. The main character of Ravic, and his life, is said to resemble the character and life of Remarque himself. But given Remarque's penchant for merging fact with fiction - in his private as well as public life - this is only true in the sense that a horse resembles a Zebra. Ravic's real name is Ludwig Fresenburg and he was formerly the head surgeon of a large hospital in Germany forced to flee for helping two friends to escape the Gestapo in 1933. Captured, together with his beautiful girlfriend Sybil, he is tortured by the brutal Gestapo agent Haake, and sent to a concentration camp. He escapes and flees to Paris where he adopts the name of Ravic and works as a 'ghost surgeon' mainly for a French consultant who was less skilled in surgery than himself. In Paris he falls in love with Joan Madou, a character loosely based on the younger Marlene Dietrich. The affair does not run smoothly. A highly qualified and experienced individual in his own country, he was barred from practising surgery in France by the bureaucratic contols. He had entered the world of exile, the major theme of a number of Remarque novels. One day in Paris he spots his torturer, the Gestapo agent Haake who is visiting the city. With the help of his friend Morosow - a Russian refugee from the revolution - Ravic tracks him down and brutally murders him. The scene is related with an almost macabre detachment. It was an act of personal revenge, a feature which crops up in many of Remarque's novels. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Item came faster than predicted. 24 Mar. 2015
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Still reading the book, but this German Edition in the author's native language came faster than had been predicted, so I am very pleased!
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