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His narrative is straightforward and blunt, including many details on soldiers’ deaths British AND German with a full compliment of gory details.

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Fortunately here is a fine memoir translated from the German by the esteemed Michael Hofmann. He did not enter the war an eager, young idealist only to have reality turn him into a burnt-out cynic or ardent pacifist as often seems to happen in other, perhaps better-known memoirs. As you can probably tell I really like tanks. Ernsf truly excellent book that must surely be read by anyone who wants to know about the First World War and axero the conditions that were taking place.

Tempestades de acero

Junger ended his extremely long life as a honoured establishment figure, although critics continued to charge him with the glorification of war as a transcending experience. Junger was an extraordinary observer who kept a diary from the first day of the war to its conclusion. English Choose a language for shopping.

I couldn’t help associating this WWI memoir with what I’ve read recently, particularly Speedboat jnuger Sleepless Nightsthat wouldn’t seem related at all on the surface but definitely shared a sense of fragmented cohesion, or cohesive fragmentation. Over the course of the book, he is awarded increasingly impressive medals for bravery: The scene was indicative of the inequality of resources with which we had to fight.


Tempextades months, its water had been laving the black parchment faces of the dead of a French colonial regiment.

Everything is simply allowed to stand for itself: In the penultimate page of this book, he writes: I’d say be prepared for a memoir of day to day war.

From that diary he gave us enormous insight. He repeatedly volunteers to crawl over to British and French trenches to engage in all kinds of mayhem–cutting wire, tossing grenades, trying to take prisoners.

Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

It’s all kind of the same from beginning to end: Why is this book rated so highly? Maybe reading about it helps me, helps me to contextualize modern suffering and modern problems. It also represents an utterly obsolete means of statecraft.

If I’d known, I would have researched it before reading. Jul 07, Warwick rated it liked it Shelves: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Unsettling memoire from a German officer who fought throughout the first world war. The author was actively involved in I learned about the existence of this book from a rather unlikely source, a Dutch extreme metal band, God Dethroned, released a series of albums with the theme of the First World War and as one of their sources of inspiration stated this book.

His entire enlistment was in France. Recommended to Terence by: The impassive features under the rim of the steel helmet and the monotonous tempeztades accompanied by the noise of the battle made a ghostly impression on us. He was only peripherally involved in the events however, and in the aftermath suffered only dismissal from the army in the summer of junyer, rather than execution.


By comparison his writing is highly stylized, like a Byzantine mosaic or Homeric verse. His was the first such soldier’s account to be published after the war.

The writing is too good, and I do like how he presents things, overall he is a very good nuanced thinker and writer in spite of the critiques I makeso well worth the read if you are interested in this history. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Its non-tragic perspective is rare.

Storm of Steel

Free download in German available at Project Gutenberg. Also, Junger denounced the Nazi’s and refused to lend his considerable respect and admiration of the German people for Hitler or Goebell’s propaganda purposes. Get to Know Us.

This is an account of one German soldier’s experience in World War I. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

When intellectuals conspire to undermine vulgar democracy in favour of a refined dream, it might seem unfair to condemn them for failing to foresee the subsequent nightmare.

He seldom editorializes or pontificates, and even acts as if gas attacks are normal well, they xe — then. Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 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.