Review: Storm of Steel (Jünger)


Storm of Steel.

Not for the squeamish: filled with graphic descriptions of war injuries and fatalities. Revelations of insight and of emotional trauma are relatively rare.

The translator explains in the introduction how he tried to maintain idiomatic fidelity, but the thoroughly Anglicized text obscures any Germanic flavor. A short supplementary bibliography is supplied by translator.

As with the Sulzbach memoir (With the German Guns), the level of detail was produced from the extensive contemporary diaries that were kept by the author. Apparently Jünger’s memoir went through several revised editions during the author’s long postwar life, although it was not as thoroughly sanitized as Sulzbach’s.

A good resource for those engaged in research.

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