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Eumeswil

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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 May 1st 1994 by Marsilio Publishers (first published 1977)
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Vit Babenco
Aug 29, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing
“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 ana ...more
Eumeswil
Sep 04, 2010 Eumeswil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Apr 16, 2017 Bbrown added it
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 ...more
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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Ruslan Isfandiyarov
Contemplation of cooling ruins.
Author (protagonist) loves history of necrophiliac love. His interest in History is interest of pathologist.
Roger Green
Aug 20, 2016 Roger Green rated it liked it
I will give Jünger 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 more 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 ti ...more
Peter Verheyen
Apr 22, 2016 Peter Verheyen rated it really liked it
Meer een essay dan een roman, maar een uitstekende blauwdruk van het latere denken van Ernst Jünger 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 Jüngers' ideeënwereld 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 ...more
Angel Pradel
Feb 08, 2016 Angel Pradel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Jünger, 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 carácter moral. Es físico. Limita, aplasta; también se pude escalar. Útil o inútil, g
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Colm Gillis
Aug 08, 2015 Colm Gillis rated it really liked it
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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Ernst Jünger 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, 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. Because he escaped prosecution in Germany due to his father's ef ...more
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“Freedom is based on the anarch’s awareness that he can kill himself. He carries this awareness around; it accompanies him like a shadow that he can conjure up. “A leap from this bridge will set me free.” 19 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” 18 likes
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