Aural Tapestry: Erich Maria Remarque

Erich Maria Remarque in his villa in Switzerland in 1961 (©Wikimedia)

In this edition of our arts programme Aural Tapestry, we mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the world’s most widely published writers, Erich Maria Remarque. He is especially remembered for “All Quiet on the Western Front”, his heart-rending and realistic depiction of the life of a soldier in the First World War. Remarque wrote many highly praised novels, such as “Flotsam” (1939) and “Arch of Triumph” (1945), and many of his books were also filmed. Fleeing from Nazi Germany, Remarque became a member of “Weimar on the Pacific”, the community of Germany’s intellectual and cultural elite in exile in California, and was intimately connected to Hollywood.

Produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer
Broadcast 8 November 1998