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Thank you! This is one Remarque novel that, for my money, could have been inferred in the German language, unpublished here. I found it not only distasteful but boring. The setting is a middle sized German town during the inflation, when quotations on the market spiralled from hour to hour, wiping out earnings, savings and fortunes, making the operations of business in buying and selling a matter of guessing ahead of the next fellow- or going under.

Acquisition of the bare necessities became a matter of barter. But when it came to tombstones, as in this story of a dealer in , the problem of long range agreements was bringing the business to the verge of.

The Black Obelisk: A Novel

The employees used their wiles to secure advance payments; to trick their suppliers in the wholesale field by offering bribes of various sorts- wine and women especially. It is an unsavoury portrait of the little man of Germany under duress -- and even more of the ""little woman"". Salted through the main story is a strange interlude, as Ludwig, who tells the story, finds himself falling in love with Isabelle, a gently born girl suffering from schizophrenia, and confined in the mental hospital where he earns some free meals by playing the organ at the services.

There's a quite extraordinary achievement in conveying the way in which a mind off balance functions- a sensitive, compassionate handling of a tenuous, lyrical romance. But it never quite blends with the main story and is not in itself enough to compensate. There was a problem adding your email address.

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There are no rips, tears, markings, etc. Stated first edition. Book is fine and unmarked.

Jacket is fine and unclipped but for a very small closed tear at the top corner of the spine and a tiny chip at the rear corner of the same. An attractive copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Random House Trade Paperbacks. Harcourt, Brace. Used - Good.

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Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Your purchase also supports literacy charities. Harcourt Trade Publishers, Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. Pages are intact and are not marred by notes or highlighting, but may contain a neat previous owner name.

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Minor shelf and handling wear, overall a clean solid copy with minimal signs of use. Previous owner's stamp on front page. Binding is sound. Pages are intact and free of marks. Dust jacket colors are crisp and bright. This book comes to you wrapped in a protective mylar jacket to ensure enjoyment for many years to come. Secure packaging for safe delivery. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed. Random House Trade Paperbacks, In good condition - has markings from use - due to differing weights for books the postage maybe adjusted at checkout.

Hutchinson, Pictorial dust jacket over black cloth. Well bound and clean pages, with mild tanning to text block edges. Light foxing to endpapers and text block edges. Boards have mild shelf wear with light rubbing and corner bumping.

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Some light marking and sunning. Unclipped jacket has light edge wear with minor tears and chipping. Moderate tanning and creasing, with rubbing and marking. No dust jacket. Red cloth with gilt lettering.

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Previous owner's inscription to front pastedown. Mild tanning to pages throughout with occasional thumb marking present. Light foxing and some pencil markings to text block edges. Boards have moderate shelf wear with rubbing and heavy corner bumping. Some dark marking to surfaces and sunning to spine with crushing at ends. No missing pages. Tear to last page blank. Wear and tear to extremities of dust wrapper.


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Light browning to sections of end papers, but body of text appears clean. Light reading wear to book.


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