Arch of Triumph: A Novel of a Man Without a Country by Erich Maria RemarqueIt is 1939. Despite a law banning him from performing surgery, Ravic--a German doctor and refugee living in Paris--has been treating some of the citys most elite citizens for two years on the behalf of two less-than-skillful French physicians.
Forbidden to return to his own country, and dodging the everyday dangers of jail and deportation, Ravic manages to hang on--all the while searching for the Nazi who tortured him back in Germany. And though hes given up on the possibility of love, life has a curious way of taking a turn for the romantic, even during the worst of times.
Arc Triomphe by Erich Maria Remarque
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It was his second worldwide bestseller after All Quiet on the Western Front ,  written during his exile in the United States — It was made into a feature film in and remade as a television film in Set in , and, despite having no permission to perform surgery, Ravic, a very accomplished German surgeon and a stateless refugee living in Paris, has been ghost-operating on patients for two years on the behalf of two less skillful French physicians. Unwilling to return to Nazi Germany, which has stripped him of his citizenship, and unable to legally exist anywhere else in pre-war western Europe, Ravic manages to hang on. He is one of many displaced persons without passports or any other documents, who live under a constant threat of being captured and deported from one country to the next, and back again. Though Ravic has given up on the possibility of love, life has a curious way of taking a turn for the romantic, even during the worst of times, as he cautiously befriends an actress. Remarque's earlier novel Flotsam is also about the life of stateless individuals.
Arch of Triumph (German: Arc de Triomphe) is a novel by Erich Maria Remarque about stateless refugees in Paris before World War II. It was his second.
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