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Storm of Steel - Ernst Junger

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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, Junger 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, Junger kept testing himself, braced for the death that will mark his failure.

Published shortly after the wars end, "Storm of Steel" was a worldwide bestseller and can now be rediscovered through Michael Hofmanns brilliant new translation.

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Real horror within the text

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  • Continually Relevant
  • Deeply Informative
  • Easy To Understand
  • Unique Interpretation

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    Undoubtedly the most powerful memoir of any war I have ever read ... Storm of Steel combines the most astonishing literary gifts with absorption with war in every detail. It has German loyalties and a German sensibility, but not a trace of propaganda. It is particular, yet universal ... What Junger saw and recorded was, to use his own word, 'primordial'. It takes great art to convey that appalling simplicity -- Charles Moore Telegraph Storm of Steel is what so many books claim to be but are not: a classic account of war Evening Standard Hofmann's interpretation is superb The Times Unique in the literature of this or any other war is its brilliantly vivid conjuration of the immediacy and intensity of battle Telegraph

    ISBN: 9780141186917
    ISBN-10: 0141186917
    Series: Penguin Modern Classics Ser.
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: August 2004
    Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.8
    Weight (kg): 19.9