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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 Casb ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 1st 1994 by Marsilio Publishers (first published 1977)
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If Ernst Jünger is my most valued author, Eumeswil is certainly his most important work for me. It is the bible of all Jünger thought and can be read and re-read for literally decades. As one matures, one gets more 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.
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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 ana
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Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Bello ma inquietante. Jünger è un “blade runner” dei simboli e un frequentatore delle profondità dell’animo umano: si spinge là dove si tracciano le distinzioni fondamentali – amico-nemico, uguale-diverso ecc. – e dove si radicano gli istinti, anche quelli più 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 è vissuto 103 anni (ma forse aveva attinto col
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German writer. In addition to his many novels, he is well known for Storm of Steel, an account of his experience during the First World War.

Many regard him as one of Germany's greatest modern writers and a hero of the conservative revolutionary movement following World War I. Others dismiss him as a militarist or reactionary.

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“The partisan wants to change the law, the criminal break it; the anarch wants neither. He is not for or against the law. While not acknowledging the law, he does try to recognize it like the laws of nature, and he adjusts accordingly.” 13 likes
“The special trait making me an anarch is that I live in a world which I ‘ultimately’ do not take seriously. This increases my freedom; I serve as a temporary volunteer” 12 likes
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