Anarch's Journey

Ernst Jünger was 20th-century Germany’s most prolific writer.  Throughout his long life—he lived to age 102—he chronicled the upheavals of that most violent century.  Despite his talent and output, Jünger remains virtually unknown in America.  One reason is language; the other, politics.  Jünger was an unrepentant man of the right.  Yet no less of a liberal icon than Susan Sontag once wrote that he deserves to be read in America.  And so he does.

Telos Press has made admirable strides toward this end with the recent reprint of Jünger’s extended essay On Pain (first published in 1934) and now The Adventurous Heart (1938), which is the best introduction to Jünger’s work.  Here he fully develops his hallmark style, which he terms stereoscopy, the aim of which is to perceive an object with one sense organ while simultaneously obtaining two sense qualities from it.  Superficial and often fragmented observations can thus be transcended to discover hidden patterns and meanings.

The Adventurous Heart was an important departure from Jünger’s earlier work, the beginning of what the author called a “New Testament” of introspective writings, philosophical and aesthetic, as opposed to his “Old Testament,” notable for its fiery political polemics. ...

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