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January 12, 2005


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Bernard Guerrero

"He had, um, an interesting life."

No kidding. I recall reading his eulogy in The Economist and wondering who the blazes he actually was. Must read some of this stuff....

A Married New York City Math Teacher

Oh, don't get me wrong - Jünger is a marvelous stylist. His forcefulness and clarity, and his unearthly knack for rendering horror as heroic halo, make him a singular creature. Which one would that be?
Jünger is the German fascist lyricist.
He's the fun, exciting, readable fascist - he doesn't sound like that guy at the bar with the canned rant you can hear by sticking in a nickel. Jünger isn't a nut, either - he lacks single-spaced, McElwainian crackpottery, and he's missing the quality of the skeezy lunatic uncle with attic full of porn and racist men's magazines.

He's serious and eloquent.


Bernard, while Eridanos published some translations of Jünger a few years back, the only book that now seems to be widely available in the US other than Storm of Steel is the New York Review of Books edition of The Glass Bees, the heartwarming story of an ex-mercenary with trouble paying the bills who goes to work for an Italian robotics magnate. Wackiness, as they say, ensues.

It was first published in the 1950s, Jünger's LSD decade.

NYCMT, I'm not disagreeing. Jünger's prose is crystalline, icy; like an electron micrograph of the carapaces of the beetles he so adored. There's no comparison between it and, say, Pound's, or Wyndham Lewis's (like going to the dentist, as someone once said about Franco), or even Marinetti's, with whom he shows some affinities.

Bernard Guerrero

"The Glass Bees", eh? Oh, FYI, I saw "The Years of Rice and Salt" at the library and couldn't help myself. The verdict so far: Hey, it turns out I think government is good for something after all! Risk-pooling....

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