The Road Back

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Way Back
Remarque - The Road Back.jpg
First edition cover
AuthorErich Maria Remarque
Original titleDer Weg zurück
TranslatorArthur Wesley Wheen
GenreWar novel
PublisherPropyläen Verlag (German)
Little, Brown & Co (English)
Publication date
April 1931
Published in English
June 1931
Media typePrint (Hardback)

The Road Back (German: Der Weg zurück) is a novel by German author Erich Maria Remarque, commonly regarded as a sequel to his 1929 novel All Quiet on the Western Front. It was first serialized in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung between December 1930 and January 1931, and published in book form in April 1931.

Although the book follows different characters from those in All Quiet on the Western Front, it can be assumed that they were in the same company, as the characters recall other characters from the earlier novel. Tjaden is the only member of the 2nd Company to feature prominently in both books.

Set a few weeks after the end of All Quiet on the Western Front, the novel details the experience of young men in Germany who have returned from the trenches of World War I and are trying to integrate back into civilian life. Its most salient feature is the main characters' pessimism about contemporary society which, they feel, is morally bankrupt because it has allegedly caused the war and apparently does not wish to reform itself.

The book was banned during Nazi rule.

Film, TV, and theatrical adaptations[edit]