Facts in the Case of Jünger

ernst jungerErnst Jünger was born in March 1895 and he died in February 1998. Thus he was 102 when he died, this Germany’s greatest author since Goethe.

What more do you need to know? Some basic facts about the man and his work, maybe. Like having been married twice, first with Gretha von Jeinesen who died in the 60s, then with Liselotte Lohrer who died in 2010. With Gretha he had two sons, Ernstel who died in combat in 1944 and Alexander who died in the 90s.

Jünger wrote about 50 books. The ones to primarily read (and available in English translations) are The Adventurous Heart, On the Marble Cliffs, Storm of Steel and Eumeswil. The latter is his best novel, published in 1977 by a somatically old but spiritually young author. In 2015 Telos Press published an English translation. You could say that this is ”absolute Jünger” in the best form imaginable. Because, Jünger, in all his books, whether it’s an essay, a short story or a novel, tends to go off topic all the time. He rarely is a ”straight storyteller”. He’s a kind of philosopher, possibly a popular philosopher, even if he’s not easy to read. The thing of it is, the very form of Eumeswil (narrator in the first person singular, no linear narrative, the book being a series of thematic reports) gloriously allows Jünger to go off topic and philosophize over everything that occurs to him.

The Eumeswil novel certainly has structure, Jünger has exceptional command over what he writes; he’s rather pedantic in that sense. But the reader who wants to be surprised by a novel, the one who’s tired of ”exciting events,” is advised to read Eumeswil which is something completely different. This is a collection of thoughts, whims and stories, all structured in the form of Manuel Venator’s everyday reality in the city-state of Eumeswil, everything told being relevant to humanity in the early 2000s, all with a vision of the importance of spirituality and culture in an era of technocratic Titans.

That is why you should read Jünger and that is why you should read my biography about him. I mean, of course, you can take part of Kiesel’s and Schwilk’s biographies if you know German. And of course, you can read Neaman’s and Newman’s essays on Jünger if you like to be warned about his “dubious” nature on every other page. However, if you’re interested in Jünger on his own terms, if you want a bio sketching his life and work, a bio covering his possibly “controversial” sides without name calling and warnings — a bio additionally, like no other book, affirming Jünger’s role as a spiritual teacher, a man being a sorely needed guide through the symbol world of today, the late modern age which is on the brink of “the return of the gods” — then you must read my biography.

The book has been praised by critics and readers alike. For instance, Living Traditions Magazine called it “a biography of the very highest calibre” and Junge Freiheit said that it “weckt Lust”. And on Amazon these customer reviews can be found: “A must-read for fans of Junger” and “the fullest biography available in English”.

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