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Storm of Steel by Ernst Jünger
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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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    The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer (TomCat14)
    TomCat14: Weliswaar een andere Wereldoorlog, maar eveneens een persoonlijk relaas van de gruwelen van de oorlog. Ernst Jünger ziet er nog een heroïsche kant in; bij Sajer is er enkel harde realiteit.
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Storm of Steel is a memoir of Jünger’s military experiences in World War I. Based on the author’s journal entries written during his combat experiences it focuses exclusively on descriptions of war and combat. The book is largely descriptive with no building plot or resolution and no characters other than the author. There is also no judgment or political agenda as may be expected in a war book.

This was an interesting read because it was really a series of descriptions and there was no commentary or judgment on any aspect of war. In many respects the lack of judgment almost made it seem as if he was glorifying aspects of the war. He was clearly Patriotic and eager to fight and there were some descriptions that seemed to indicate aspects of beauty in combat amidst the destruction of people and towns. Injuries and death were described in nonchalant and detached manner. Overall, not really my type of book. I really loved “The Things They Carried” precisely because it described the emotional impact of war thus war descriptions served a function of making a statement against war. This book did none of that but rather just had the war descriptions. Since I don’t really like reading about descriptions of war and combat, this book was just okay for me.
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  JenPrim | Jan 15, 2016 |
Yep, this book had lots of war. People did things with guns, people died, some were German, some were Scottish or English. War was senseless, lots of time was spent in trenches. Good old WWI. Very few female characters *nods critically* (It's Junger's memoir of his time in the war) ( )
  evilmoose | Dec 13, 2015 |
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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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
Zampaglione, GiorgioTranslatorsecondary 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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