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"This long-awaited translation of Ernst Jünger's surrealistic threnody to aestheticized violence and the stimulation of the senses still has the power to unsettle and fascinate its readers. For rather than a straightforward paean to the heroic glories of war, The Adventurous Heart dwells in exorbitant detail on other horrors. No wonder it dashed the expectations of readers like Josef Goebbels, who revered the Jünger who had once extolled the intoxicating 'front experience' of the First World War."
—Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley
"Not since Walter Benjamin's One Way Street have we seen a book open such a panoramic window into the state of perceptions and experiences in Weimar Germany. The vignettes collected here show a comparable degree of compression, but Jünger reverses the direction in his intense glance to search along that other road, down a street lined by another set of addresses, where he looks for traces of a surviving eternity, a persistent nature, rather than intimations of revolution."
—Marcus Bullock, author of The Violent Eye: Ernst Jünger's Visions and Revisions on the European Right
"The Adventurous Heart is the last revolt of romanticism against the traditional world of normative laws and bourgeois beliefs. Jünger invents a strange somnambular landscape of terrifying events, daydreams, and allegoric scenes. His language produces different appearances of the fantastic or miraculous, which show significant similarities with early French surrealism. The dominating perspective is one of an aesthetics of sudden terror, shock, and suspicion, which finds its subversive or majestic symbolism."
—Karl Heinz Bohrer, Professor Emeritus of Modern German Literary History, University of Bielefeld
"Among German writers of the twentieth century, Ernst Jünger holds a fascination that few can match. He was a remarkable witness of his time and place. This book offers a genuine service by making two of Jünger's more fanciful pieces available in English translation."
—Allan Mitchell, author of The Devil's Captain: Ernst Jünger in Nazi Paris, 1941-1944
The Adventurous Heart: Figures and Capriccios
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