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Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger

Storm of Steel (1920)

by Ernst Jünger

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    All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Taken together, Jünger's memoir and Remarque's novel present a pair of radically different views concerning the German soldier's experience in World War I.
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Excellent memoir of the First World War by a German soldier vividly recounting in spare, detached prose the monotonies and horrors on the Western Front. ( )
  Sullywriter | May 22, 2015 |
Wilmette Library Book Club, Pritzker military library presentation November 12th 2014
  orchard52 | Nov 27, 2014 |
Storm of Steel is the war journal of Ernst Junger, a nineteen-year-old volunteer in the German army at the beginning of World War I. Junger fought in the trenches of France and Flanders for over four years. Storm of Steel was published in 1920, and retains the raw emotion and frustration of the young stormtrooper, who suffered 14 wounds during his tours of duty. Junger's detached and often poetic description of the horrors of war make this a compelling read. He does not glorify war, and certainly does not hide the fact that he was often terrified. He even admits to running away at one point during the March 21, 1918 offensive. All of this enhances his credibility as a witness to the unspeakable horrors and privations of trench warfare. What strikes me as separating Junger's account from others I've read is his certainty as to the nobility of his role in this mess. No matter how bad the situation, Junger made sure he maintained a demeanor expected by his men and fellow soldiers. That attitude served him well through some treacherous times. ( )
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Ernst Junger's Storm of Steel is an autobiographical reflection on his experience as a German infantry soldier in World War I. Written in 1920, when Junger was still just 25, the narrative is unadulterated by politics and anti-war sentiment that appears in other works written during the 1920s; instead, Junger's tale is simply the story of life as a solider on the Western Front. While I am a fan of All Quiet on the Western Front, one can't help but feel like that classic is but a watered-down version of Storm of Steel. Although at times a bit grusome--take this as a warning for the feint-of-heart--Storm of Steel is far superior in capturing the experiences of life in the trenches, dugouts, and craters. It includes discussions of the use of gas, the experience of living through artillery bombardments, the night-raids, medical care and life in the hospitals, and the duties and responsibilities of junior officers. Overall, it is a thoughtful and vivid portrait of the First World War on the ground. ( )
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As I'm much more familiar with British and Canadian memoirs of the First World War, I was excited to begin Jünger's "Storm of Steel" if only to get a sense of the "other side" of the conflict that was not Remarque's more famous "All Quiet on the Western Front". After first reading, I am struck by the tone of Jünger's work. There is jovial, high-spirited air to what seems at times to be an excited retelling of the author's war experience. It was somewhat jarring in comparison to more prevailing sense of misery and terror normally associated with First World War. This one is worth re-reading. ( )
  musecure | Aug 31, 2014 |
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Ernst Jüngerprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Claessens, PeterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hofmann, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lindström, UrbanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maaren, Nelleke vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Zampa, GiorgioContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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. Young, tough, patriotic, but also disturbingly self-aware, Jünger exulted in the Great War, which he saw not just as a great national conflict but—more importantly—as a unique personal struggle. Leading raiding parties, defending trenches against murderous British incursions, simply enduring as shells tore his comrades apart, Jünger kept testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure.

Published shortly after the war’s end, Storm of Steel was a worldwide bestseller and can now be rediscovered through Michael Hofmann’s brilliant new translation.

First time in Penguin Classics
Acclaimed new translation based on a new authoritative text
Widely viewed as the best account ever written of fighting in World War I

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'As though walking through a deep dream, I saw steel helmets approaching through the craters. They seemed to sprout from the fire-harrowed soil like some iron harvest'. "Storm of Steel" is one of the greatest works to emerge from the catastrophe of the First World War. A memoir of astonishing power, savagery and ashen lyricism, it illuminates like no other book the horrors but also the fascination of total war, presenting the conflict through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier. As an account of the terrors of the Western Front and of the sickening allure that made men keep fighting on for four long years, "Storm of Steel" has no equal.… (more)

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