He did not hate his enemies, at least not worthy ones like the British, but admired them. Ernst Jünger was a young soldier swept up in the horror of World War I, but, unlike most, he did not seem to find it merely an unmitigated horror and misery. Likewise at Regiénville, where the trenches themselves became impenetrable mazes, and raid after raid resulted in as many casualties as survivors. Check out this great listen on Audible.com. I'm very well aware of the dubious reputation of this book. Often times horrible conditions are described more by the thin assets of the situation, such as getting a pair of good, woolen socks from a captured bunker or being lucky enough to only pick up some shrapnel. Junger has extraordinary gifts as a writer. Jünger, Ernst, 1895- The storm of steel. This has to be the best bit of WW1 writing I've experienced so far. The author was actively involved in. Ernst Jünger was nineteen when the war broke out. Of course, his viewpoint, enjoying the war on its own terms and having the bad grace not to be destroyed or otherwise mangled, psychologically or physically, despite his many, many wounds, makes him viewed less than favorably by many literary critics and readers. Parts of it are drawn directly from wartime diaries, other pieces are clearly recreated from memory into brief narratives. Call it luck or a vigilant guardian angel, Jünger’s skill as a soldier was, by his own admission, well behind those other factors that man has no control over. He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. When prisoners fell into my hands, later on, I felt responsible for their safety, and would always do everything in my power for them. "The Storm of Steel: Original 1929 Translation," by Ernst Jünger and translated by Basil Creighton is an engrossing journey along the frontlines. If anything, it emphasizes the struggle of those who seek the Truth incessantly, of those who build systems of thought in order to come to terms with the rawness of the world, and that they who find themselves sharpened by that struggle will inevitably seek—whether they realize it or not—eternal life in Christ. This is probably the cheeriest war memoir ever. War is a singularly unique experience that crystalizes human experience like a bug gets preserved in amber. Several editions of Storm of Steel were published. Kind of amazing that he lived to over a hundred. The first World War was the charnel house of charnel houses, a maw consuming men and nations whose aftershocks reverberate today not only in Berlin but even in Baghdad. It is fitting, then, that near his later years, his individualist philosophy of the Anarch ended up nearly indistinguishable, for all practical considerations, from what Catholicism demands of the Faithful. The first World War was the charnel house of charnel houses, a maw consuming men and nations whose aftershocks reverberate today not only in Berlin but even in Baghdad. REVIEW: Live Not By Lies – Rod Dreher (Penguin Random House, 2020), REVIEW: Mine Were of Trouble – Peter Kemp (1957; Mystery Grove Publishing, 2020), REVIEW: Always With Honor – Pyotr Wrangel (Mystery Grove, 2020), REVIEW: Copse 125 – Ernst Jünger (1925; Rogue Scholar Press, 2020), REVIEW: Blessed Charles of Austria – Charles Coulombe (TAN books, 2020), They Had Been Images of God: Conclusion – The Answer to Adam, They Had Been Images of God: IV – Cataclysm. Thomas Nevin's 1997 biography of Jünger, Ernst Jünger and Germany: Into the Abyss 1914 -1945, showed the amazing extent of the author's revisions to the original text of Storm of Steel after its first publication in 1920. For the last 70 years, it has only been available to English readers in a faulty translation dating from 1929. Readers have a lot to look forward to this year! Based on his other hobbies (travel, hunting, joining the French Foreign Legion, dangerous political conversation, taking all available drugs) he seems to have quite the adrenaline junkie. Certainly one of the most astonishing memoirs I've read, whether about war or not. It was therefore interesting, to say the very least. Although, at the very cutting edge of such an indescribable experience, it’s difficult to define what humanity really is. Being generally anti-war as well as knowing - as anyone does - in which direction post-WWI Germany ultimately turned, this book was chilling for me to read. Just feast your eyes upon all of these debut books to check out and emerging authors to... A memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism, 'Storm of Steel' illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. Please login to your account first; Need help? Genre: Author: A memoir of astonishing power, savagery, and ashen lyricism, Storm of Steel illuminates not only the horrors but also the fascination of total war, seen through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. He describes what it was like to undergo an artillery barrage. And likewise, there’s no singular theme running the course of the chapters. In. Language: english. Jünger’s sense of regimented, authority-driven individualism, which he developed later in life into the concept of the Anarch, starts with this in mind: there is you, and there are many ‘yous’ all around, and there is shrapnel blowing like a whirlwind and shells falling like rain, there is death lurking after every second and behind every motion, and you must act. All classic ingredients are incorporated: the enthusiasm at the start of the war, the horror of the combat scenes in the trenches, the 'Materialschlacht', etc. I would always try and seek him out in combat and kill him, and I expected nothing else from him. In between, we vicariously experience the daily life of a German officer and his men - and "vicarious" is about as close as any rational person would wan. For Jünger, life required both of these things, and war, a storm of splinters and vigilance which distills life to its finest point, most of all. I've often maintained that the Great War was the last major conflict in which the combatants regarded the foe with a certain amount of respect and chivalrous conduct. Jünger's account of the brutal fighting on the western front in WWI makes an enlightening contrast with Robert Graves's. For those who haven’t read it before, its reputation should already be somewhat familiar. As Storm of Steel was published with about two years of the guns being quiet, little of his philosophy is even developed, much less made clear in this work. Ernst Jünger, the son of a wealthy chemist, ran away from home to join the Foreign Legion. Fortunately here is a fine memoir translated from the German by the esteemed Michael Hofmann. In a certain sense, it is not a story at all. tags: preface, war, world-war-i. Jünger himself revisited the manuscript multiple times over his long life, particularly after the experiences of the Second World War, where he served in an administrative position in Paris for the German forces. He is best known for his memoirs Storm of Steel, which chronicle his experiences during World War I. Ernst Jünger was a famous German soldier who saw action during World War I. Translation of In Stahlgewittern. Often a heavy trench-mortar fired short and scattered us with its foundations of earth; and no one even bent his head. The book is his first person descriptions and features no other person other than Junger. As he elaborates on the experience of going over the top in a charged assault against enemy lines toward the end of the book: The atmosphere of intense excitement was amazing. It is not a glorification of war, though, as the details cannot but shock and horrify, but it does depict a man who gloried in his excellence at war, which I think is a distinction. Reprint of the 1929 ed. Ernst Jünger was a decorated German soldier and author who became famous for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel. You couldn’t make this stuff up. It is now used as an example of post-WWI militarism in Germany in direct opposition to the anti-war movement epitomized in "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Remarque and "War Against War" by Friedrich. Junger was typical of young officers of the time, whether they wore the grey or khaki: he was keen to fight, and did so energetically. Violence, violence, violence. I've often maintained that the Great War was the last major conflict in which the combatants regarded the foe with a certain amount of respect and chivalrous conduct. Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) was born in Heidelberg. Excellent book. I don't mean to be unfair by judging Junger via the prism of our contemporary standards, I mean, we are all products of our own time and that should be taken into consideration. European War, 1914-1918— Personal narratives, German. Expecting a Marinetti-like vociferation, an avant-garde hymn to mechanical war, I initially found Jünger’s narrative a little flat. Ernst Jünger, frontispiece to Storm of Steel. These are things for which no excerpt is really good enough, and indeed, barely a page goes by that doesn’t include another violent scene for which an average person would have no frame of reference to properly understand. His deadpan, factual account of what the war was like for him is riveting & horrific. Ernst Jünger A young man who enlisted in the German Army shortly after the outbreak of World War I, Ernst Jünger adapted Storm of Steel from many volumes of wartime journals. ― Ernst Jünger, Storm of Steel. A book I recommend but with a caveat...I'd say be prepared for a memoir of day to day war. Send-to-Kindle or Email . Junger has extraordinary gifts as a writer. “Habent sua fata libelli et balli [Books and bullets have their own destinies]”. He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. 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. They sobbed with rage. The roar of battle had become so terrific that we were scarcely in our right senses. He was 18 when he volunteers for the Army in 1914 and starts his diary. Year: 2004. Ernst Jünger The Storm Of Steel. It's all there, described in a very chilling or maybe rather 'undercooled' way. The Storm of Steel is not a story about survival. There’s no great climax the book builds up to. The first version of Storm of Steel appeared in 1920, and is an unflinching memoir of the four years Ernst Jünger spent on the Western Front. The structure of the book parallels the structure of the war. by Penguin Books. This is an account of one German soldier's experience in World War I. While Jünger occasionally remembers to throw in the the requisite "oh the horrors of war" comment, most of the time it is clear he is having a blast. The closing summation of Ernst Jünger war diary storm of steel.All parts of this audio book are available on YouTube. Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was born in Heidelberg. Translator Michael Hofmann in his introduction makes the case for Storm of Steel being one of the best accounts of World War I ever written, and for now (. Officers stood upright and shouted chaff nervously to each other. What answers he reached found their ways into his philosophical musings later in life, appearing in print first in this Storm of Steel, as well as numerous subsequent essays—War as Interior Experience (Der Kampf als inneres Erlebnis, still untranslated), On Pain, Copse 125, and many others. Ernst Jünger (1895–1998) was born in Heidelberg. He was 18 when he volunteers for the Army in 1914 and starts his diary. He was injured six times, as Storm of Steeldocuments, all but the last of which being little more than flesh wounds. There is no information about his life prior to 1914. He provides vivid descriptions of the experience of combat. For Jünger, life was a tight trench carved out between opposing forces of death on one side and death on the other—a narrow way, as it turns out, between the calamities of exterior violence and the errors of interior suffering. Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. He took thirteen wounds and survived, having fought in many of the key battles on the western front. The later edition’s edits put into context how Jünger distilled his philosophy into what it became, but this comes at the expense of more modern—and less congenial—translations, hindered no doubt by the shadow left by the Second World War. The book depicts the Great War in all of its calamity and brutality, leaving very little to the imagination. While some scholars, such as Michael Hofmann, have remarked that this early edition of the book is “aggressively Nationalist”3, the truth is that there’s no more nationalism in a war memoir than is to be expected. Ernst Junger was in WWI on the German side. Merri lives with his wife and kid in the USA. Subsequent revisions would trim a fair amount of material, most of which consisted of rudimentary attempts to articulate some of this idea. I like its very flat spare prose. Please read our short guide how to send a book to Kindle. It is extremely well written. His was the first such soldier's account to be published after the war. File: EPUB, 475 KB. published by Chatto & Windus, London. More fitting still, in fact, that he converted to the Faith and died with the Sacraments. Save for later . Forget Remarque; this is the most important German account of the Great War that I've read. The reader joins Junger as he joins his unit in Champagne and leaves him during his final convalescence in a Hanover hospital. Amid what seemed like a supremely unchivalrous war like WWI (technological war is generally hostile to any idea of martial virtue) he continued to think and act in high-minded terms. “Storm of Steel” was published in 1920 and has been revised a total of six times, the last being with the 1961 re-publication. So this book is indeed interesting and important to read, thus I gave it 2 stars, but I can't say I enjoyed the macho aggressive propaganda which history proved cannot be dismissed as harmless. I am surprised so many people have found his prose ‘clean’, ‘sparse’, ‘unemotional’ – I thought the opposite, that it was rather over-literary in many places; not overwritten exactly, but with touches of a grand Romantic sensibility that I haven't found in English or French writers of the First World War: I've read so much on WW2 over the years, and seemed to have forgotten there was another major European war in the 20th century, of which I've hardly read anything. In between, we vicariously experience the daily life of a German officer and his men - and "vicarious" is about as close as any rational person would want to get to war. The one thing that makes it harder to connect with his accounts was his cool detachment in his presentation of events and experiences. A counterpoint to the views of Remarque et al. For that reason, while scanning my library a few days ago, I resolved to read an eyewitness account of the war --- from the German side. Ernst Jünger was a young soldier swept up in the horror of World War I, but, unlike most, he did not seem to find it merely an unmitigated horror and misery. This isn’t a book that leaves you the same when you put it down as when you first picked it up. There is no central conflict, at least in a narrative, personable sense. It reads very much like a journal told in a clear and spare prose, with Jünger writing with great intensity of the hellish atmosphere of the world around him. The book’s 1920 publication puts it within two years of the Armistice, and by the end of the decade, it had catapulted Jünger into the national spotlight further than his decorations already had. And his exploits on the front! Like George Washington, someone was watching over him. Ernst Jünger is an insurance actuary’s worst nightmare — he smoked, drank, experimented with drugs, served in two world wars, sustained multiple injuries, and yet died only one month shy of 103. The reader joins Junger as he joins his unit in Champagne and leaves him during his final convalescence in a Hanover hospital. But it does seem like Junger embraced a deeper more radical nationalism at certain points in his life, but in this book it isn't too bad, at least from what I can tell. He was married and had four children. The structure of the book parallels the structure of the war. And this is probably the point of the book: war cannot be characterized, it cannot be explained. Publisher: Penguin. Like his training mates, he is eager for danger, ready to prove himself in war. Ernst Jünger is an insurance actuary’s worst nightmare — he smoked, drank, experimented with drugs, served in two world wars, sustained multiple injuries, and yet died only one month shy of 103. This is an excellent and unusual World War I novel. Junger writes a straight forward account of what he did and where he was without very much in the way of soul-searching. It is now used as an example of post-WWI militarism in Germany in direct opposition to the anti-war movement epitomized in "All Quiet On The Western Front" by Remarque and "War Against War" by Friedrich. The book was a copy of his diary he kept during the war. 3Michael Hofmann, Introduction to Storm of Steel, Penguin Classics, 2003, xiii. ** Ernst Jünger, in contrast, had a grand time. He did not start the war, but once there, he did not find it the worst of all possible fates. Beneath the surface is a bit of soft nationalism which is obnoxious but not completely blind or extreme, at least not as blind or extreme as one would expect from a French or German citizen/soldier who was constantly indoctrinated with this nationalistic state propaganda of the times. Translator Michael Hofmann in his introduction makes the case for Storm of Steel being one of the best accounts of World War I ever written, and for now (until I've read more) I'd agree. The book was a copy of his diary he kept during the war. In 1942, Gide wrote in his diary: ‘Ernst Jünger’s book on the 1914 War, Storm of Steel, is without question the finest book on war that I know: utterly honest, truthful, in good faith.’ Its contrast with most of the others is stark. The book is his first person descriptions and features no other person other than Junger. Publication date 1929-01-01 Usage Public Domain Mark 1.0 Topics Ernst Jünger The Storm Of Steel Collection opensource Language English. Junger stands in vivid contrast to the ranks of writers who rejected the war and everything it stood for; he found it a positive experience and did not agonize over his experiences. During an ill-fated German offensive in 1918 Junger's WW1 career ended with the last and most serious of his many woundings, and he was awarded the Pour le Mérite, a rare decoration for one of his rank. It would be another nine years before the book was first translated into English, this time by the well-renowned translator, Basil Creighton. Why is this book rated so highly? Near Montbrehain, in the middle of a chaotic engagement, Jünger has this much to say about leading men into battle: I have always observed that the ordinary man whose sole preoccupation is his own danger is surprised by what seems to him an undivided attention to the matter in hand on the part of the officer in command, who among a thousand and one unnerving incidents of battle yet keeps his eye fixed upon the execution of his duty. Erich Maria Remarque aside, I usually read works by British and French scholars, memoirists, diarists, and novelists. STORM OF STEEL offers WWI from a German soldier's point of view, but Erich Maria Remarque it ain't. But never did I entertain mean thoughts of him. Refresh and try again. He was wounded at least 11 times, patched up and sent back to the front. Erich Maria Remarque aside, I usually read works by British and French scholars, memoirists, diarists, and novelists. Addeddate 2018-10-02 17:55:49 Identifier ErnstJngerTheStormOfSteel Identifier-ark Because he escaped prosecution in Germany due to his father's ef. I couldn't help associating this WWI memoir with what I've read recently, particularly, Beautifully written. Although I was familiar, distantly, with its revision and translation history—a rundown of which was offered by Hofmann in his forward to that edition—my general belief was that any alterations to the very first 1920 edition were insignificant or, ultimately, for the better. Ernst Junger's memoir of his time on the Western Front (1914-1918) is a powerful glimpse at what it's like to be a soldier, made all the more powerful because it's unadorned with philosophical introspection or politics. Fighting throughout the war, he recorded his experiences in several books, most famously in In Stahlgewittern (Storm of Steel). The Storm of Steel: Original 1929 Translation (English Edition) eBook: Jünger, Ernst, Creighton, Basil: Amazon.it: Kindle Store We see instances of touching reflection and of sorrow, of brutality and heroism and courage, from the author as well from those he observes. ", I am sure plenty of 14 year olds have read this book through out the ages. From that diary he gave us enormous insight. 1. In this way officers and men call out energies in each other which would otherwise lie dormant. He writes on topics ranging from the Catholic Faith, secular politics, and cultural critique. Jünger died in 1998. Storm of Steel (Stahlgewittern) was Jünger's first book, published in He inserts this into the middle of the action, and you can almost hear the bombs, shells, and bullets flying around his company amid a lethal fog of smoke, splinters and shrapnel. Junger stands in vivid contrast to the ranks of writers who rejected the war and everything it stood for; he found it a positive experience and did not agonize over his exp. He is either sharpened, or he is ground down; he either triumphs, or he dies. “War as an objective thing.” This is the first time in print that Jünger refers to such an idea, although Storm of Steel is written entirely with it in mind. Would this book be too hard to read for a 14 year old? This is primarily an uncensored account of what war was like for a German soldier on the Western Front. Everything is simply allowed to stand for itself: bravery, death, corpses, blood, shrapnel, friendship, dreams. Not very interesting, eh? Unsettling memoire from a German officer who fought throughout the first world war. War sharpens a man like a spear, filing down his person on both sides—interiorly and exteriorly—until he stands like a bloodied point in the midst of carnage. Plainly declarative, there is no unnecessary coloration, no prolixity, no subtext, little in the way of moral judgement. If you read the introduction (and I recommend you do) you'll find some insight and some commentary. I don’t think I’ve read a memoir of WW1 written by a German. Welcome back. Jünger’s own personal life, as well as those of his immediate comrades, is almost entirely absent; very little is mentioned of where he came from, what his home was like, or his family. ISBN 13: 978-0-141-90691-1. To see what your friends thought of this book, It's rated high for lots of reasons, but your question seems to be really asking "why is this book rated so high even though it appears to glorify war, It's rated high for lots of reasons, but your question seems to be really asking "why is this book rated so high even though it appears to glorify war? Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Again, the beginning of his philosophy is forming under his steel helmet and in the midst of absurd trenches in northern France. As what you might call a practical Nietzschean he embraced the nightmare with gusto, viewing it as a great adventure and opportunity to die a glorious death for noble cause. Even his brother’s injury reveals little of their relationship beyond that of elder and younger brothers, and this is a scene that Jünger takes pains to detail in the midst of the Langemarck engagement. Most of Jünger’s asides focus on the interior disposition of leadership in the midst of abject chaos. Storm of Steel Ernst Jünger. “Throughout the war, it was always my endeavour to view my opponent without animus, and to form an opinion of him as a man on the basis of the courage he showed. When I filed these assumptions away and actually read the book, it left an indelible mark upon my conscience and became one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read. The one thing that makes it harder to connect with his accounts was his cool detachment in his presentation of events and experiences. We’d love your help. Now that I have read it, I can understand this influence, although certainly in many places this influence is less. I can understand it.1. When the First World War broke out between the Allies and the Central Powers, Jünger enlisted the very day it was declared first saw combat about three months later. The certain thing is that it is a book that shows the brutal reality of this confrontation from within. Forget Remarque; this is the most important German account of the Great War that I've read. While this could be said, in varying degrees, about most war memoirs—Peter Kemp’s recently reprinted editions come to mind—there’s a specificity of violence in Jünger’s work that others tend to lack. English translation: Basil Creighton / Michael Hofmann. Storm of Steel, written by Ernst Jünger, is a memoir of World War I first published in German as In Stahlgewittern in 1920. In terms of his international acclaim, his time table of December 1914 to summer 1918 which allowed him to ignore issues of "frighfulness" at the beginning and the "stab in the back" at the end I suspect is the only thing that made this story acceptable. They seemed to regard the Englishman who fired the fatal shot as a personal enemy. Ernst Jünger was born in Heidelberg in 1895. Funny how everyone has heard of ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, but hardly anyone recognizes that other major German-language battlefield, This has to be the best bit of WW1 writing I've experienced so far. The book had little background, hardly touched on politics, home life, or love (apart from comradeship), it's simply about what war is like for a soldier staring it right in the face. 5 out of 5 stars Killing did not trouble Junger too much - his ability to move through absolute carnage on an industrial scale cannot but fascinate. Storm of Steel Jünger Ernst. He served all four years of the war, surviving several fronts of the Somme, Passchenaele, and Cambrai. Death had lost its meaning and the will to live was made over to the country; and hence every one was blind and regardless of his personal fate.2. Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) the son of a wealthy chemist, ran away from home to join the Foreign Legion. But judging his abilities isn’t the point. His father dragged him back, but he returned to military service when he joined the German army on the outbreak of the First World War. 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. File: EPUB, 329 KB. Originally published in 1920, The Storm of Steel is a first-hand account of World War I trench combat lifted from the diaries of Ernst Jünger, a German infantryman who would become one of … Now that I have read it, I can understand this influence, although certainly in many places this influence is less. Send-to-Kindle or Email . Storm of Steel Ernst Jünger No preview available - 2004. In this he was atypical, perhaps, as he laments at times the reactions of more delicate souls to this maelstrom. The Storm of Steel, in 1920 at the age of 25. The recipient of the Pour le Merite, Germany's highest award for bravery in the field, Junger was lionized by his generation for his celebration of the "purifying" experience of war. Ernst Junger's memoir of his time on the Western Front (1914-1918) is a powerful glimpse at what it's like to be a soldier, made all the more powerful because it's unadorned with philosophical introspection or politics. Please login to your account first; Need help? Jünger made sure of that. It really is pretty much unavoidable in this time period except for a small sliver of exceptional individuals who somehow managed to defy this conformity to nationalism (of which there are examples in all of the WWI countries). Junger was typical of young officers of the time, whether they wore the grey or khaki: he was keen to fight, and did so energetically. Jünger was a … He ran away from school and volunteered to join the German army. It has no pacifist design. 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