The Black Obelisk by Erich Maria Remarque

Set in the turmoil of post-World War I Germany, the novel follows the life of a young veteran struggling to find his place in a society grappling with economic hardship and political unrest. As he works for a monument company, selling stone markers to the living and the dead, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, each coping with the scars of the past and the uncertainties of the future in their own way. Through his interactions and experiences, the protagonist reflects on the absurdities of life, the nature of humanity, and the search for meaning amidst the chaos of a world that has been irrevocably changed by war.

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