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Aladdin's Problem

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Published March 1st 1996 by Marsilio Publishers (first published 1982)
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Jordan West
I read this principally for the allegorical, fantastic elements, and it was a long journey for little reward; narrated by one of Junger's typically aristocratic, oh so superior 'anarchs', the majority of the first hundred pages consist of his grousing about the iniquities of the age of democratic, technological materialism, making such claims as ". . .today's exploitation surpasses by far the practices of absolute monarchy" after confronting the grave injustice of paying property tax. Junger is ...more
Rowan Lock
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Aladdin's Problem is an excellent work by a talent author. It's not often that a book can grip me enough to finish it all in one go, especially considering his isn't the easy-going thriller fluff I usually dust off in a hurry. Ernst Junger is most famous for his Fascistic war epic Storm of Steel, but Aladdin's Problem shows us a whole different side to the author. Dealing with the mid-life crisis of a East Prussian from a declining aristocratic line called Fredric Baroh, Aladdin's Problem is a f ...more
Found this book in an old bookstore in Ljubljana and had to read it. Its a good book but not one Jüngers best.
Çağatay Boz
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tesadüf eseri keşfettiğiniz bir yazarın hiçbir fikriniz olmadığı kitabını okumaya başlıyor ve elinizden dahi bırakamıyorsunuz ya, mükemmel bir his o. Ve ben bunu Ernst Jünger'in Alaaddin'in Problemi isimli, doğası itibariyle insanı boğan ve ucu bucağı olmayan bir dipsizliğe sokan bu hikâyesinde yaşadım.

"Birine taş olan diğerine aş olur."

"Bu işte de hesap yapılırken beyinlerden çok makineler kullanılıyor, fakat her ne hikmetse insanlar eskisinden daha çok yoruluyorlardı; makine dünyasının son hil
Oğuz Kayra
«Storm of Steel» Türkçe’de yerini almaya hazırlanırken, Ernst Jünger’in Türkçe’de daha önce yayımlanan kitaplarını okuyayım dedim. Sırada «Mermer Yalıyar» var. «Alaaddin’in Problemi kitabı, kuşkusuz Jünger’in hayatından parçalar taşıyor. Kitabın ilk iki bölümü ve sonlara doğru bahsedilen İstanbul, Ürgüp kısımları ayrıca ilgi çekici. İlgi alanınınız Jünger değilse zaman ayırılacak bir kitap değil. Jünger’in edebiyata ve insan düşüncesine kuşkusuz çok daha fazla katkısı var.
Maurizio Manco
"Ora che gli dèi ci hanno abbandonati, siamo costretti a ricorrere alla loro origine, l'arte." (p. 11)

"L'uomo resta l'enigma per eccellenza." (p. 68)

"Ciò che sul piano cosmico è la marea, per l'uomo è la poesia: una risposta a grandi lontananze." (p. 69)
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Was genau Aladins Problem ist, hat sich mir leider nicht erschlossen.
Shubhendu Trivedi
To be clear, I have been an admirer of Ernst Jünger for years. Eumeswil has been one of my favourite books, and some of the things I have read in it have given fodder for thought for years, perhaps because somewhere it applealed to my own nascent sensibilities. However, I could not really understand the point behind Aladdin's Problem. Although I sort of understood some of the metaphors and the motifs in the book, generally it went over my head. It features a man, Baroch, who deserts from the Eas ...more
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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