Eumeswil Originally published in Germany in when Junger was eighty two years old Eumeswil is the great novel of Junger s creative maturity a masterpiece by a central figure in modern German literature

  • Title: Eumeswil
  • Author: Ernst Jünger
  • ISBN: 9780941419970
  • Page: 483
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Originally published in Germany in 1977, when Junger was eighty two years old, Eumeswil is the great novel of Junger s creative maturity, a masterpiece by a central figure in modern German literature Eumeswil is a utopian state ruled by the Condor, a general who has installed himself as a dictator and who dominates the capital from a guarded citadel atop a hill the CasbOriginally published in Germany in 1977, when Junger was eighty two years old, Eumeswil is the great novel of Junger s creative maturity, a masterpiece by a central figure in modern German literature Eumeswil is a utopian state ruled by the Condor, a general who has installed himself as a dictator and who dominates the capital from a guarded citadel atop a hill the Casbah A refined manipulator of power, the Condor despises the democrats who conspire against him Venator, the narrator of the novel, is a historian whose discreet and efficient services as the Condor s night steward earn him full access to the forbidden zone, at the very heart of power Every evening, while attending to the Condor and his guests at the Casbah s night bar, Venator keeps a secret journal in which he records the conversations he overhears, delineating the diverse personalities in the Condor s entourage while sketching out an analysis of the different aspects of the psychology of power Venator s days are spent building a hidden refuge in the mountains, a hermetic retreat where he hopes one day to realize his dreams of utter self sufficiency In the meantime, however, he continues to pursue his career as a historian, using the magnificent tool that has been placed at his disposal the luminar , a holographic instrument that can summon up any figure or event in human history Venator, in a word, embodies Junger s ideal of the anarch a h

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    About “Ernst Jünger

    • Ernst Jünger

      Ernst J nger was a decorated German soldier and author who became famous for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel The son of a successful businessman and chemist, J nger rebelled against an affluent upbringing and sought adventure in the Wandervogel, before running away to briefly serve in the French Foreign Legion, an illegal act Because he escaped prosecution in Germany due to his father s efforts, Junger was able to enlist on the outbreak of war A fearless leader who admired bravery above all else, he enthusiastically participated in actions in which his units were sometimes virtually annihilated During an ill fated German offensive in 1918 Junger s WW1 career ended with the last and most serious of his many woundings, and he was awarded the Pour le M rite, a rare decoration for one of his rank.Junger served in World War II as captain in the German Army Assigned to an administrative position in Paris, he socialized with prominent artists of the day such as Picasso and Jean Cocteau His early time in France is described in his diary G rten und Stra en 1942, Gardens and Streets He was also in charge of executing younger German soldiers who had deserted In his book Un Allemand Paris , the writer Gerhard Heller states that he had been interested in learning how a person reacts to death under such circumstances and had a morbid fascination for the subject.J nger appears on the fringes of the Stauffenberg bomb plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler July 20, 1944 He was clearly an inspiration to anti Nazi conservatives in the German Army, and while in Paris he was close to the old, mostly Prussian, officers who carried out the assassination attempt against Hitler He was only peripherally involved in the events however, and in the aftermath suffered only dismissal from the army in the summer of 1944, rather than execution.In the aftermath of WW2 he was treated with some suspicion as a closet Nazi By the latter stages of the Cold War his unorthodox writings about the impact of materialism in modern society were widely seen as conservative rather than radical nationalist, and his philosophical works came to be highly regarded in mainstream German circles Junger ended his extremely long life as a honoured establishment figure, although critics continued to charge him with the glorification of war as a transcending experience.

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    • They found no mischief in me I remained normal, however deeply they probed And also straight as an arrow To be sure, normality seldom coincides with straightness Normalcy is the human constitution straightness is logical reasoning With its help, I could answer satisfactorily In contrast, the human element is at once so general and so intricately encoded that they fail to perceive it, like the air that they breathe Thus they were unable to penetrate my fundamental structure, which is anarchic Suc [...]

    • If Ernst J nger is my most valued author, Eumeswil is certainly his most important work for me It is the bible of all J nger thought and can be read and re read for literally decades As one matures, one gets from this dense compendium of philosophical, historical, mythical, mystical, even spiritual insights I have been reading it for 15 years now and there is much for me left to learn in it.In particular, it is essential for understanding the figure of the Anarch.

    • Eumeswil is the strangest book I ve read in approximately 6.5 years The book largely, almost entirely, consists of the main character speaking about his philosophy and view of the world, but the world in question is a fictional city state ruled by a tyrant named The Condor It s the first section of Dostoyevsky s Notes from Underground, but written from the perspective of a bartender historian in a made up totalitarian post apocalyptic, spacefaring state, and it s ten times longer than that Notes [...]

    • A most erudite, mature work of Ernst Junger, that surveys the historical landscapes of the omitted, and the elaborate, finery is mixed with succinctness A great study of ecce homo that is deep for these with depth of insight, and intuitively flowing and wise for these that would like to be Neptunian and oneiric about the matter With typically Jovial, precise, yet nobly drawn picture of an anarch, it is a book by a XXth century magi, and definitely worth reading One can sense melancholic fire, ye [...]

    • If everyone is moving, and in the same direction at that whether right or left, whether up or down the stationary person is in the way He is taken as a reproach, and since people collide with him, they brand him as the offender 30 Fate challenges him he responds The dream, even in an erotic encounter, comes true But casually, even here every goal is a transition for him The bow should snap rather than aiming the arrow at a finite target 37 Distinctions must be drawn here love is anarchic, marria [...]

    • I will give J nger the benefit of the doubt because of the translation factor Generally, however, my impression of his anarch protagonist is not an identity that inspires us to dream forcefully It is rather a picture of an impotent being who claims a kind of beyond good and evil posture while still being stuck in a pseudo oedipal drama and, strikingly, bourgeois sexual cowardice between his prostitute, Latifah, and his respectable lover student, Ingrid The narrative fluffs its own tired masculi [...]

    • Bello ma inquietante J nger un blade runner dei simboli e un frequentatore delle profondit dell animo umano si spinge l dove si tracciano le distinzioni fondamentali amico nemico, uguale diverso ecc e dove si radicano gli istinti, anche quelli pi crudeli Parla di cose che paiono sul punto di sfuggirgli di mano da un momento all altro ma questo non accade mai e se la cava sempre con eleganza Giocare col fuoco alla lunga stanca Lui vissuto 103 anni ma forse aveva attinto col graal dalla fonte dell [...]

    • Contemplation of cooling ruins.Author protagonist loves history of necrophiliac love His interest in History is interest of pathologist.

    • Meer een essay dan een roman, maar een uitstekende blauwdruk van het latere denken van Ernst J nger die dit werk als krasse tachtiger schreef van krijger naar woudloper naar anarch Het kostte me wat moeite om erin te geraken omdat ik me verwachtte aan een iets of wat conventionele roman, maar zodra ik vertrokken was trok J ngers idee nwereld me door de pagina s heen Hoewel ik na een eerste leesbeurt meer geneigd ben Op de marmerklippen te verkiezen, wil ik deze roman graag een of meerdere nieuwe [...]

    • La gravedad manifiesta la masa El poder manifiesta el cuerpo social Ambos atraen y limitan el movimiento.Manuel Venator, el anarco protagonista y trasunto de J nger, nada entre los poderes de Eumeswill No los combate, no los ignora Cuenta con ellos Son una realidad, elementos del entorno Como el aire, el suelo, la fuerza de gravedad El poder, enfrentado a un ansia radical de libertad individual, no tiene car cter moral Es f sico Limita, aplasta tambi n se pude escalar til o in til, grosero o del [...]

    • Thoughtful and provocative Junger takes us away to a kind of modern Oriental despotism but shines back a reflection on humanist society Incredibly funny at times Book lacked a little bit of pace I thought but there were some stand out moments, especially when he discussed topics like utopian socialism.

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