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Book Exhibition to 120th anniversary of E. M. Remarque

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Book Exhibition to 120th anniversary of E. M. Remarque

From June 20 to July 6 the Division of Literature in Foreign Languages of the National Library of the Udmurt Republic (Udmurtskaya St., 264) is staging the book exhibition "Erich Maria Remarque: to 120th Anniversary”.

Many decades have passed since the events described by Remarque, and all those acute issues pictured by the writer are now far in the past. But even today Remarque 's novels are sure to touch the heart of each reader with their vivid imagery and sentiment.

Remarque's narrative is largely autobiographical; it is mainly concerned with personal impressions and experience. The novel that brought the writer worldwide acclaim and success was "All Quiet on the Western Front" (Im Westen nichts Neues, 1929), written with utmost sincerity and depicting the terrible truth about the routine of war. The book sold 2.5 million copies in 22 languages in its first 18 months in print.

Beside "All Quiet on the Western Front" the exhibition also displays:

  • the anti-war novel "A Time to Love and a Time to Die" (Zeit zu leben und Zeit zu sterben, 1954);
  • a novel about stateless refugees before WWII "Arch of Triumph" (Arc de Triomphe, 1945);
  • another dramatic novel providing insight into refugee life in the opening months of WWII – "The Night in Lisbon" (Die Nacht von Lissabon, 1961);
  • the most intellectual novel by Remarque "The Black Obelisk" (Der Schwarze Obelisk, 1956);

and other Remarque’s works in the original and in Russian translations.

The chronology of existing Russian translations and brief information about translators is provided in the article by I. P. Selezneva and R. K. Istomin. The exhibition also offers a critical feedback from our readers about Remarque’s books.