Erich Maria Remarque: Dealing With Disillusionment and Post Traumatic Stress
Erich Maria Remarque was born June 22, 1898, in Osnabruck, Germany. His birth name was Erich Paul Remark. He changed his name for the 1929 publication of his novel All Quiet on the Western Front.
Remarque was descended from French ancestors who fled after the French Revolution. The third of four children, the family was working class and moved often.
Remarque began writing around the age of 16.
World War One
Conscripted as a teenager, Remarque served on the Western Front until he was injured. He spent the remainder of the war in the hospital.
Remarque is best known All Quiet on the Western Front, a story that focuses on the mental and physical conditions soldiers encountered at the front. The majority of the main characters in the story are teenagers, as Remarque had been, their hopes and dreams dashed by the war. The sequel, The Road Back, deals with soldiers trying to readjust to civilian life. Its theme of disillusionment and post traumatic stress was based on Remarque’s own experience.
Where to Purchase the WWI Trilogy
This post is a companion piece to Melina Druga’s WWI Trilogy: Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustment Year. The trilogy focuses on Hettie and her family as they navigate the challenges and heartbreak World War I brings.
Angel of Mercy: A nurse reluctantly sacrifices her career for marriage. An impending war will change her, and her husband’s, life forever. Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.
Those Left Behind: The brewing winds of war will soon rip the family apart. Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.
Adjustment Year: A war nurse returns home. Society expects her to carry on as if the Great War never happened. But how can she? Available in eBook, paperback and hardcover. Click here for a full list of retailers.