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Book Title: Orages d'acier|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.47 MB
v The author of the book: Ernst Jünger
Edition: Le Livre de Poche
Date of issue: December 31st 2002
ISBN 13: 9782253048428
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Read full description of the books Orages d'acier:" Le grand moment était venu. Le barrage roulant s'approchait des premières tranchées. Nous nous mîmes en marche... Ma main droite étreignait la crosse de mon pistolet et la main gauche une badine de bambou. Je portais encore, bien que j'eusse très chaud, ma longue capote et, comme le prescrivait le règlement, des gants. Quand nous avançâmes, une fureur guerrière s'empara de nous, comme si, de très loin, se déversait en nous la force de l'assaut. Elle arrivait avec tant de vigueur qu'un sentiment de bonheur, de sérénité me saisit.
L'immense volonté de destruction qui pesait sur ce champ de mort se concentrait dans les cerveaux, les plongeant dans une brume rouge. Sanglotant, balbutiant, nous nous lancions des phrases sans suite, et un spectateur non prévenu aurait peut-être imaginé que nous succombions sous l'excès de bonheur. "
Read information about the authorErnst Jünger was a decorated German soldier and author who became famous for his World War I memoir Storm of Steel. The son of a successful businessman and chemist, Jünger rebelled against an affluent upbringing and sought adventure in the Wandervogel, before running away to briefly serve in the French Foreign Legion, an illegal act. Because he escaped prosecution in Germany due to his father's efforts, Junger was able to enlist on the outbreak of war. A fearless leader who admired bravery above all else, he enthusiastically participated in actions in which his units were sometimes virtually annihilated. During an ill-fated German offensive in 1918 Junger's WW1 career ended with the last and most serious of his many woundings, and he was awarded the Pour le Mérite, a rare decoration for one of his rank.
Junger served in World War II as captain in the German Army. Assigned to an administrative position in Paris, he socialized with prominent artists of the day such as Picasso and Jean Cocteau. His early time in France is described in his diary Gärten und Straßen (1942, Gardens and Streets). He was also in charge of executing younger German soldiers who had deserted. In his book Un Allemand à Paris , the writer Gerhard Heller states that he had been interested in learning how a person reacts to death under such circumstances and had a morbid fascination for the subject.
Jünger appears on the fringes of the Stauffenberg bomb plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler (July 20, 1944). He was clearly an inspiration to anti-Nazi conservatives in the German Army, and while in Paris he was close to the old, mostly Prussian, officers who carried out the assassination attempt against Hitler. He was only peripherally involved in the events however, and in the aftermath suffered only dismissal from the army in the summer of 1944, rather than execution.
In the aftermath of WW2 he was treated with some suspicion as a closet Nazi. By the latter stages of the Cold War his unorthodox writings about the impact of materialism in modern society were widely seen as conservative rather than radical nationalist, and his philosophical works came to be highly regarded in mainstream German circles. Junger ended his extremely long life as a honoured establishment figure, although critics continued to charge him with the glorification of war as a transcending experience.
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