4 February 2016

Ernst Junger: a man for all cultures?

From the "European Commission - Research & Innovation" website, this summary of Christophe Fricker's research project on Ernst Jünger's extensive travel writings (original here).

Ernst Junger: a man for all cultures?
EU-funding helped scholar Christophe Fricker restart his academic career and link it up with his experiences in the business world. His research has shed new light on the life and writing of controversial German author Ernst Junger.
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Jünger had written some 50 volumes of diaries, novels, stories and essays by the time he died in 1998 at the age of 102. Along the way he received praise and honours as a master stylist and early analyst of social and technological networks, while being denounced by others as a German nationalist and Nazi apologist.
Fricker stepped into this divide with the help of a Marie Curie Fellowship grant and came down on the side of Jünger as a man who valued all cultures. The Fellowship allowed Fricker to break new ground in understanding Jünger through research into the author’s extensive travel writing and other documents.

24 November 2015

Conferenza a Firenze su Ernst Jünger e il dolore

Cari soci e simpatizzanti,

Vi invitiamo a partecipare sabato 28 novembre alle ore 17 presso le Scuole Pie Fiorentine, Via Lamarmora 35 all'ultima conferenza del ciclo di conferenze su: Il mistero dell'esistenza nella letteratura europea del '900 in cui si parlerà di:


Ospite della serata sarà Giampiero Moretti, ordinario di Estetica presso l'Università degli Studi di Napoli - Orientale. Studioso del romanticismo tedesco e di Heidegger. Nel corso della conferenza si prenderà in esame lo scritto di Jünger intitolato "Sul dolore" e si cercherà di interrogarsi sul rapporto tra "dolore" e "mistero dell'esistenza".

Per maggiori informazioni: http://eumeswil.cc

RingraziandoVi per l'attenzione e attendendoVi all'incontro, Vi inviamo cordiali saluti. Segreteria, Associazione Eumeswil

6 October 2015

STURM by Ernst Jünger now available in English from Telos Press

from the Telos Press website...:

Sturm by Ernst Jünger

Translated by Alexis P. Walker
With an Introduction by David Pan

Set in 1916 in the days before the Somme offensive, Ernst Jünger's Sturm provides a vivid portrait of the front-line experiences of four German infantry officers and their company. A highly cultivated man and an acute observer of his era, the eponymous Lieutenant Sturm entertains his friends during lulls in the action with readings from his literary sketches. The text's forays into philosophical and social commentary address many of the themes of Jünger's early work, such as the nature of war, death, heroism, the phenomenon of Rausch, and mass society. 

Originally published in installments in the Hannoverscher Kurier in 1923, Sturm fell into obscurity until 1960, when it was re-discovered and subsequently re-published by Hans Peter des Coudres, a scholar of Jünger's work. This translation—the first to be published in English—brings to the English-speaking world a work of literature of interest not only to students of Jünger's work and of World War I, but to any reader in search of a powerful story of war and its effects on the lives of the men who endure it.

BONUS!! Buy STURM on the Telos Press site and save 20% by using the coupon code BOOKS20 - valid for all other Telos Press purchases too! Note that Sturm is also available as a Kindle eBook at Amazon.com

7 August 2015

EUMESWIL again available! From Sept 1, 2015

Telos Press has just announced their newest Ernst Jünger publication: a republication of Eumeswil in the superb original Neugroschel translation!!

This is, in my opinion, their most important contribution yet to the dissemination of an author so under- and misread in the Anglo-Saxon world. For years now the original Marsilio publication (Eridanos Library, 1993) has been unavailable, or at least unavailable at normal prices, since single copies occasionally appeared on Amazon for $300 or more. Apparently there is demand, which underlines the importance of Telos making this "bible" of mature Jüngerian thought available to the normal reader at only $26.95.

But most importantly, this new Eumeswil makes the author's critical concept of the anarch again accessible for study and discussion through the life and reflections of its protagonist and proto-anarch, Martin Venator.

(For a taste of the anarch's worldview and life-strategy, see my partial compilation of anarch quotes from Eumeswil.)

I encourage you to buy directly from Telos Press - so giving them, the worthy beneficiaries, Amazon's cut,

7 May 2015

Nuova antologia in italiano su Ernst Jünger

Una nuova antologia su Ernst Jünger è appena uscita - curato da Luigi Iannone (relatore nel ciclo conferenze 2012 dell'Associazione Eumeswil sul tema La grande paura). 

Testo copiato dal suo sito:

Questo libro è una novità nel panorama editoriale italiano. Innanzitutto perché vi collaborano ben trenta autori tra esperti, docenti e ricercatori universitari impegnati in varie discipline (Germanistica, Filosofia, Storia delle dottrine politiche, Diritto, Psicologia, Economia, eccetera).

E poi perché, in genere, i lavori collettanei si concentrano su un unico argomento,oppure, al contrario, diventano un insieme confuso di saggi che non vanno oltre la cifra agiografica o celebrativa mentre, nel caso specifico, l’intento è quello di offrire una prospettiva analitica sull’intera opera di Ernst Jünger.

Infatti, in ogni singolo capitolo gli autori si confrontano su uno o due temi ma lo fanno con sensibilità culturali, punti di vista e approcci professionali divergenti, in modo che il lettore possa avere la possibilità di accostarsi ad uno dei più grandi pensatori del Novecento avendo davanti uno spettro completo di valutazioni.

Al volume hanno contribuito con i loro pregevoli lavori:

Elena ALESSIATO, Stefano G. AZZARÁ, Maria Stella BARBERI, Marcello BARISON, Federico BATTISTUTTA, Andrea BENEDETTI, Mario BOSINCU, Luca CADDEO, Massimo CANEPA, Antonio CASTRONUOVO, Renato CRISTIN, Enzo DI SALVATORE, Gianni FERRACUTI, Giuseppe GAGLIANO, Giorgio GALLI, Carlo GAMBESCIA, Gabriele GUERRA, Marco IACONA, Giancarlo MAGNANO SAN LIO, Andrea MARINI, Francesco MORA, Simone PALIAGA, Stefano PIETROPAOLI, Filippo RUSCHI, Manuel ROSSINI, Simonetta SANNA, Andrea SCARABELLI, Adriano SEGATORI, Giovanni SESSA

2 April 2015

Gli Annali di Eumeswil: Il Coraggio

Gli Annali di Eumeswil è una rivista pubblicata dal Associazione Eumeswil (Firenze), scritti di narrativa e di saggistica con periodicità annuale. Il tema di ogni fascicolo riprende il tema del ciclo di conferenze del Associazione Eumeswil di quel anno.

Adesso è possibile richiedere direttamente dal Associazione Eumeswil il nuovo fascicolo "IL CORAGGIO" (dal ciclo di conferenze 2014 "Il Coraggio").

Anche gli arretrati sono ancora disponibile:
– IL CRIMINE (2004)
– LA MENZOGNA (2003)
– IL BOSCO (2001)

6 March 2015

Conference program 2015 - Associazione Eumeswil Florence

The Association Eumeswil of Florence has just announced an exciting new conference program for 2015:

Download the full program here

"The Mystery of Existence in European 20th Century Literature 

( Programma in italiano: Il mistero dell'esistenza nella letteratura europea del '900 )

The full program, including lectures on the Association's main interest Ernst Jünger but also a broad spectrum of other significant 20th century European authors, is as follows:

Giovanni Pascoli - March 14
Gabriele d'Annunzio  - March 21
Luigi Pirandello - March 28
William Butler Yeats - April 18
Thomas Mann - May 9
Ernst Jünger (1) - May 23
Hermann Hesse - June 9
James Joyce - October 10
Robert Musil - October 24 
Louis-Ferdinand Céline - November 7
Michail A. Bulgakov - November 21
Ernst Jünger (2) - November 28

L'Istituto dei Padri Scolopi
Scuole Pie Fiorentine
Via Lamarmora 35

Cost: voluntary contribution to organizational costs appreciated

Associazione Eumeswil is a non-profit cultural association founded in  Florence, Italy with the purpose of studying and diffusing the works of Ernst Jünger. Its work is based on the three pillars of Tradition, understood as the spiritual heritage of our ancestors, Culture as the cultivation of one's self, and Integrity as a way of being and not merely appearing to be.

26 November 2014

iPhone4 or iPhonophore?

It was not Steve Jobs and Apple who invented the iPhone4 - they only gave birth to what Ernst Jünger had intellectually conceived in 1949 in the novel Heliopolis and continued into Eumeswil (1977). By a nice coincidence, Ernst Jünger's "universal communicator" has essentially the same name - the phonophore.

iPhone4 or iPhonophore?
Below is a rough translation of the most relevant passage from Heliopolis - only a brief commentary is useful, so obvious are the parallels. (See also my previous blog on the Phonophore.)

(Originaltext auf Deutsch ist unten ...)

24 November 2014

Praise for the new English translation of Jünger's Der Waldgang

The Forest Passage is available from Telos (and other major booksellers) as of today. Some comments from the Telos site on the book:

Ernst Jünger's The Forest Passage explores the possibility of resistance: how the independent thinker can withstand and oppose the power of the omnipresent state. No matter how extensive the technologies of surveillance become, the forest can shelter the rebel, and the rebel can strike back against tyranny. Jünger's manifesto is a defense of freedom against the pressure to conform to political manipulation and artificial consensus. A response to the European experience under Nazism, Fascism, and Communism, The Forest Passage has lessons equally relevant for today, wherever an imposed uniformity threatens to stifle liberty.
Praise for The Forest Passage
"In a strikingly poetic political statement written soon after the Second World War, Ernst Jünger rejects the two reigning ideologies, democracy and communism, in favor of an individualistic stance anticipating what we now call libertarianism. The ideal that Jünger projects for us is a metaphorical 'passage through the forest' in which we remain constantly put to the test, with the result that we emerge self-sufficient, rebellious, heroic."
—Herbert Lindenberger, Stanford University

4 March 2014

Conferenze su Ernst Jünger in Italia per 2014

E' uscito il nuovo programma del ciclo di conferenze per 2014 dell'Associazione Eumeswil di Firenze! Tema per questo anno: IL CORAGGIO. (Tutto il programma da scaricare qui)

Tra le 24 interventi da Marzo a Novembre ci sono già 4 conferenze su Ernst Jünger:
Sabato 25 Ottobre
L’eroe anarchico
Relatore; Marcello Barison, ricercatore in filosofia, scrittore
Jünger e l’esperienza del sacro
Relatore: Gregorio Bardini, musicista, scrittore
Sabato 22 Novembre
La felicità nell’era della tecnica. Riflessioni sul messaggio di Ernst Jünger 
Relatore: Alberto Krali, docente di Lingua tedesca, Università Cattolica di Milano
Oltre la linea tra M. Heidegger e E. Jünger
Relatore: Pavel Rebernik, docente incaricato di Filosofia, Pontificia Università Gregoriana
Tutte le conferenze si terranno alle ore 17
L’Istituto dei Padri Scolopi - Scuole Pie Fiorentine -
Via Lamarmora n. 35 – Firenze, Italia.

Entrata a offerta libera. L’Associazione si riserva il diritto d’ ingresso