The Road Back

The Road Back, also translated as The Way Back,[1] (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.[1][2] It was first serialized in the German newspaper Vossische Zeitung between December 1930 and January 1931, and published in book form in April 1931.

The Road Back
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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
May 1931
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Preceded byAll Quiet on the Western Front 


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 deals with the fall of the German Empire[2] and 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.[2]


English translationsEdit

  • Arthur Wesley Wheen, as The Road Back. Published in 1931 by Little, Brown, and Company, McClelland & Stewart and G.P. Putnam and Co.
  • Brian Murdoch, as The Way Back. Published in 2019 by Vintage Classics, ISBN 9781784875268.[1]