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Sopravvissuta al crollo delle Grandi Potenze Mondiali e alla devastazione dei Grandi Incendi, Eumeswil è una città con il deserto alle spalle e il mare davanti a sé: la domina il Condor, tiranno assoluto che si circonda di una corte raffinata e si appoggia ai consigli del fidato medico Attila, esperto di genetica. A raccontare le vicende della città utopica è Martin Venato ...more
Paperback, Narratori della Fenice, 372 pages
Published 2001 by Guanda (first published 1977)
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Vit Babenco
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Charles J
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ernst Jünger’s "Eumeswil," one of the famous German’s last works, published when he was eighty-two years old, is often regarded as an exposition of libertarian thought. This is understandable, but completely wrong. Such a reading attempts to shoehorn concepts in which Jünger had little interest, or toward which he was actively hostile, into an exploration of unrelated themes. Moreover, it ignores that in this book, though somewhat masked, Jünger has more contempt for so-called liberal democracy ...more
“Not to remain stuck to one’s own detachment, to that voluptuous remoteness and strangeness of the bird who flies ever higher to see ever more below him - the danger of the flier. Not to remain stuck to our own virtues and become as a whole the victim of some detail in us. One must know how to conserve oneself: the hardest test of independence.” — F. Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 41.

“I am an anarch in space, a metahistorian in time. Hence I am committed to neither the political present nor
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
Sep 04, 2010 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.
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
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beletristics
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 fir ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jünger was a deep conservative and a post-modernist. He posited that there are different ways of knowing & seeing. "Objective" truth is merely a powerful illusion. ...more
Roger Green
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
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fundamental question: anarchist or anarch?
Ruslan Isfandiyarov
Contemplation of cooling ruins.
Author (protagonist) loves history of necrophiliac love. His interest in History is interest of pathologist.
Mason Masters
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a book for plot lovers. It's more of a manifesto or screed in fictional form. I'm not complaining though. The writing is brilliant and it is endlessly quotable, but if you are looking for a story maybe look elsewhere. Fascinating philosophy and world building.
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
Feb 05, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Publicada en 1977 en su primera edición alemana, cuando el escritor contaba ochenta y dos años, Eumeswil es la gran novela de madurez creadora de Jünger y posiblemente la obra maestra de uno de los escritores centrales de la literatura alemana del siglo XX. Eumeswil transcurre en un Estado universal utópico, regido por el Cóndor, un general que se erigió en dictador y domina la capital desde la Alcazaba. Estratega refinado del poder, el Cóndor desprecia a los demócratas de Eumeswil que con

David Gross
Oct 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm throwing in the towel at the half-way mark. This book is very, very dull. The narrator obscurely defends his fatalistic political stance as a sort of world-weary, aloof hedonism that really doesn't seem hedonistic so much as time-marking. Ideals are for the birds, there's no point in taking sides, atrocities or disasters don't really matter much in the big scheme of things, Hitler was just some guy who killed a lot of people and then himself and it makes no more sense to get upset about that ...more
Justine Fitzgerald
He defines the anarch in us all. He distinguishes between the anarch and the anarchist. Difficult and fascinating.
A. Kaya
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Schreit nach einer Verfilmung in Serienform.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strange but interesting book. The philosophy of Junger (especially in this book) appeals to me.
Peter Verheyen
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Colm Gillis
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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“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” 29 likes
“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.” 29 likes
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