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Storm of Steel by Ernst Junger


Jünger presents a visceral and haunting portrayal of the First World War, capturing the savagery and fascination of warfare in prose that sears itself into the soul.

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In Ernst Jünger’s “Storm of Steel,” translated by Michael Hofmann, the harrowing saga of the First World War unfolds through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier, immersing readers in a realm where the landscape is marred by the scars of conflict and the air is thick with the stench of death. Jünger’s prose, like a haunting melody echoing through the trenches, captures the savage beauty and relentless brutality of warfare with an ashen lyricism that sears itself into the soul.

Through the haze of battle, Jünger leads us on a visceral journey across the blood-soaked fields of Europe, where the clash of steel and the thunder of artillery become the backdrop for a symphony of human suffering and resilience. With haunting clarity, he recounts the desperate struggles of soldiers defending their trenches against relentless British assaults, their comrades torn apart by the merciless onslaught of shells.

Yet amidst the horror and chaos, there is a strange allure—a fascination that compels men to keep fighting, to endure the unendurable, for four long years. Jünger’s memoir stands as a testament to the indomitable spirit of those who faced the crucible of war, illuminating the dark recesses of the human psyche with a raw intensity that reverberates through the ages.

As we traverse the trenches alongside Jünger, we are confronted with the stark realities of conflict and the profound depths of human resilience. In his words, we find both the horror and the fascination of a war that forever altered the course of history, leaving an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of humanity.

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Weight0.25 kg

Storm of Steel


Penguin Books Ltd


Ernst Junger

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Release date

3 Jun 2004



ISBN/EAN        9780141186917