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June 29, 2008

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Hattie

The gall of some people never ceases to amaze me, and the way they continue to get away with it.

Karl Fraser

How many of Juenger's critiques, particularly the ones who voice themselves in comments like mine, have actually read anything of Juenger's after WWII? I have read every book he ever wrote, and to be sure, I understand where the critics are coming from, up to and including Der Arbeiter. But one needs to be familiar with the whole opus in order to understand the necessity of the philosophy of his early years. He would not have come to the brilliant insights into nihilism, technology, the power of the individual, and on and on and on, had he not at first been fascinating by what he later rejected.

Enough of uninformed knee-jerk approval or disapproval, from right or left or wherever. Juenger explicitly relegated political conviction and allegiance to fools in his 1976 novel Eumeswil. It took him until WWII to come around to that mature understanding, but he did, which is more than most of his critics ever will. By going through it, he overcame the vanity of politics decisively and with understanding.

Simon Friedrich

Probably nothing more than envy on the part of Goldschmidt....

This publishing house does not make rash decisions. But it also does not make them based purely on political prejudices, for it includes writers from all sides of the political spectrum. And those who are beyond the political like Junger, as Karl Fraser points out above.

Karl Fraser

How many of Juenger's critiques, particularly the ones who voice themselves in comments like mine, have actually read anything of Juenger's after WWII? I have read every book he ever wrote, and to be sure, I understand where the critics are coming from, up to and including Der Arbeiter. But one needs to be familiar with the whole opus in order to understand the necessity of the philosophy of his early years. He would not have come to the brilliant insights into nihilism, technology, the power of the individual, and on and on and on, had he not at first been fascinating by what he later rejected.

Enough of uninformed knee-jerk approval or disapproval, from right or left or wherever. Juenger explicitly relegated political conviction and allegiance to fools in his 1976 novel Eumeswil. It took him until WWII to come around to that mature understanding, but he did, which is more than most of his critics ever will. By going through it, he overcame the vanity of politics decisively and with understanding.

Karl Fraser

How many of Juenger's critiques, particularly the ones who voice themselves in comments like mine, have actually read anything of Juenger's after WWII? I have read every book he ever wrote, and to be sure, I understand where the critics are coming from, up to and including Der Arbeiter. But one needs to be familiar with the whole opus in order to understand the necessity of the philosophy of his early years. He would not have come to the brilliant insights into nihilism, technology, the power of the individual, and on and on and on, had he not at first been fascinating by what he later rejected.

Enough of uninformed knee-jerk approval or disapproval, from right or left or wherever. Juenger explicitly relegated political conviction and allegiance to fools in his 1976 novel Eumeswil. It took him until WWII to come around to that mature understanding, but he did, which is more than most of his critics ever will. By going through it, he overcame the vanity of politics decisively and with understanding.

David

Karl - you make a good point, I have not read Eumeswil and will put it on my list. On the other hand, I have read some of his postwar correspondence with Gottfried Benn, and if he did "reject" his earlier positions it must have been much later.

And surely writers like Thomas Mann are more worthy of recognition than Juenger?

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