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Brian O. Murdoch is Emeritus Professor of German in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Religions at Stirling University, Scotland.
This book champions Remarque's novels as representing a solid track record of first-class literature. Murdoch successfully strives to overcome the stigma of critics who have relegated Remarque as a trivial writer.... GERMAN STUDIES REVIEW Murdoch has consolidated his and others' research in this useful treatment of Remarque's life and work. Those new to Remarque will find this an excellent introduction to the author's entire literary corpus. CHOICE Murdoch aims to present Remarque as a German writer who was also prominent internationally and, beyond this, a writer whose significance goes far beyond his best-known work, Im Westen nichts Neues. At the same time he attempts to show that he was no mere writer of escapist literature. MONATSHEFTE Murdoch has . performed a great service in registering exactly what Remarque published, in what order and when, and how various films relate to the writings-tasks made all the more difficult because Remarque enjoyed playing the mystery-man. MLR This book offers a concise survey of Remarque's novels that underscores the values of his novels that have been previously overlooked. As an introductory survey, it will be an important contribution to the teaching of Remarque's works. H-NET REVIEWS