Translator Michael Hofmann in his introduction makes the case for Storm of Steel being one of the best accounts of World War I ever written, and for now (until I've read more) I'd agree. It really is p. Beautifully written. Storm of Steel now has an outstanding new translation by Michael Hofmann. Most of Jünger’s asides focus on the interior disposition of leadership in the midst of abject chaos. Officers stood upright and shouted chaff nervously to each other. The roar of battle had become so terrific that we were scarcely in our right senses. This is an account of one German soldier's experience in World War I. Ernst Jünger was a famous German soldier who saw action during World War I. In. Because he escaped prosecution in Germany due to his father's efforts, Junger was able to enlist on the outbreak of war. Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. Jünger was a … Junger was typical of young officers of the time, whether they wore the grey or khaki: he was keen to fight, and did so energetically. His deadpan, factual account of what the war was like for him is riveting & horrific. It was the Hofmann translation done in 2003, currently available as a Penguin Classics release. It's scary stuff; Jünger's clinical detachment in regard to the carnage in service of the cult of the warrior shows in itself why it wasn't the war to end all wars. Although I was familiar, distantly, with its revision and translation history—a rundown of which was offered by Hofmann in his forward to that edition—my general belief was that any alterations to the very first 1920 edition were insignificant or, ultimately, for the better. Jünger’s prose is concise and to the point, particularly in this edition, though there is some exception that we’ll touch on a little later. It is a notably unconstructed book. Without doubt this is an impressive document about the First World War, seen through the eyes of a German soldier. Ernst Jünger The Storm Of Steel. Storm of Steel, written by Ernst Jünger, is a memoir of World War I first published in German as In Stahlgewittern in 1920. The former peacetime aspect of the place was barely discernible. The son of a successful businessman and chemist, Jünger 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. Storm of Steel was Jünger's first book, published in 1920. Plainly declarative, there is no unnecessary coloration, no prolixity, no subtext, little in the way of moral judgement. He was 18 when he volunteers for the Army in 1914 and starts his diary. The first World War was the charnel house of charnel houses, a maw consuming men and nations whose aftershocks reverberate today not only in Berlin but even in Baghdad. An oddly jaunty memoir of the Western Front, characterised by what Jünger describes somewhere as his ‘strange mood of melancholy exultation’. This is probably the cheeriest war memoir ever. I don't mean to be unfair by judging Junger via the prism of our contemporary standards, I mean, we are all products of our own time and that should be taken into consideration. Jünger's account of the brutal fighting on the western front in WWI makes an enlightening contrast with Robert Graves's. Being generally anti-war as well as knowing - as anyone does - in which direction post-WWI Germany ultimately turned, this book was chilling for me to read. Junger has extraordinary gifts as a writer. June 3rd 2004 Ernst Jünger, the son of a wealthy chemist, ran away from home to join the Foreign Legion. I like its very flat spare prose. Certainly one of the most astonishing memoirs I've read, whether about war or not. It’s available now for the first time in decades, and it’s well worth the look. His aggressive nature can be de. As Storm of Steel was published with about two years of the guns being quiet, little of his philosophy is even developed, much less made clear in this work. Especially during the 1920s and 1930s there were probably plenty of young readers since this was a popular memoir at the time. Ernst Jünger, frontispiece to Storm of Steel. My little brother is a history buff, about an average reading level for his age. Although drawing from the anarchic and atheistic traditions of German idealism, Jünger’s philosophy was one that strove for the transcendental until it harmonized indistinguishably with the Truth, and as any honest man must do when this harmonization occurs, he accepted the Truth and converted. Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize (2004). Junger writes a straight forward account of what he did and where he was without very much in the way of soul-searching. Call it luck or a vigilant guardian angel, Jünger’s skill as a soldier was, by his own admission, well behind those other factors that man has no control over. His philosophy is undefined but still present in an intuitive sense, which given the circumstances, makes all the more sense. The Storm of Steel is not a story about survival. 1. “Habent sua fata libelli et balli [Books and bullets have their own destinies]”. Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. In a certain sense, it is not a story at all. Ernst Jünger was a young soldier swept up in the horror of World War I, but, unlike most, he did not seem to find it merely an unmitigated horror and misery. File: EPUB, 475 KB. Ernst Jünger is an insurance actuary’s worst nightmare — he smoked, drank, experimented with drugs, served in two world wars, sustained multiple injuries, and yet died only one month shy of 103. If you read the introduction (and I recommend you do) you'll find some insight and some commentary. Again, the beginning of his philosophy is forming under his steel helmet and in the midst of absurd trenches in northern France. He was scarce up when a shot fired from the sap got him in the skull and laid him dead on the floor of the trench. In the penultimate page of this book, he writes: "Leaving out trifles such as ricochets and grazes, I was hit at least fourteen times, these being five bullets, two shell splinters, one shrapnel ball, four hand-grenade splinters and two bullet splinters, which, with entry and exit wounds, left me an even twenty scars." Ernst Jünger is an insurance actuary’s worst nightmare — he smoked, drank, experimented with drugs, served in two world wars, sustained multiple injuries, and yet died only one month shy of 103. The book was a copy of his diary he kept during the war. ― Ernst Jünger, quote from Storm of Steel “In the space of a single year, a crumbling rural village had sprouted an army town, like a great parasitical growth. I am surprised so many people have found his prose ‘clean’, ‘sparse’, ‘unemotional’ – I thought the opposite, that it was rather over-literary in many places; not overwritten exactly, but with touches of a grand Romantic sensibility that I haven't found in English or French writers of the First World War: I've read so much on WW2 over the years, and seemed to have forgotten there was another major European war in the 20th century, of which I've hardly read anything. The nerves could register fear no longer. The reader joins Junger as he joins his unit in Champagne and leaves him during his final convalescence in a Hanover hospital. Although, at the very cutting edge of such an indescribable experience, it’s difficult to define what humanity really is. who came out of the war with a far less exalted view of the crucible of war as Junger, not to say that WWI was a 'good war'. Language: english. From that diary he gave us enormous insight. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! Ernst Jünger was a famous German soldier who saw action during World War I. He found the struggle bracing and clarifying, as the struggle for survival put so much of his former life in proper perspective - he regarded it as frightfully trivial. To see what your friends thought of this book, It's rated high for lots of reasons, but your question seems to be really asking "why is this book rated so high even though it appears to glorify war, It's rated high for lots of reasons, but your question seems to be really asking "why is this book rated so high even though it appears to glorify war? STORM OF STEEL offers WWI from a German soldier's point of view, but Erich Maria Remarque it ain't. You couldn’t make this stuff up. One suspects that the entire written output of Jünger’s life was an effort to understand what his experiences in the First World War were all about—not in any political or social sense, but in a very fundamental, even metaphysical sense. 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