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Ernst Jnger - A Portrait is a book about Ernst Jnger (1895-1998), Germany's greatest author since Goethe. This is a popular Jnger biography for the English speaking world, a personal portrait painted by an avid Jnger reader. The book starts out with a thorough biography of Jnger's life. Then the author examines the controversial aspects of the man, and discusses Jnger's role as an outsider, mentioning the reception of his works in the modern post-war era.
After examiningJnger's books on war, the author proceeds to describe Jnger's other literary works such as The Adventurous Heart, On the Marble Cliffs, Heliopolis, and Eumeswil. Moreover, there are chapters on Jnger's perception of art, history, and philosophy. There are also sections on Jnger as a Science Fiction author, and comparisons between Jnger and other authors, both dead and living.
In the introduction to Ernst Jnger - A Portrait the author states that:
My aim in this study has been to look at what Jnger represents rather than at what he is, in this respect striving to highlight the fruitful aspects of his work, the neglected sides such as the esotericism and the idealism, the vitalism and the life-affirming traits. At the same time I don't deny that Jnger in the 20s was a radical nationalist dealing with fire; I have chapters covering that too. Wishing to write a book that's simple and hands-on I sport simple but not facile as my ideal.
About the Author: Born in the north of Sweden in 1965, Lennart Svensson took a BA in Indology in Uppsala 1998. While working as a freelance writer he published the novelsAntropolis and Camouflage. Ernst Jnger - A Portrait is his debut in English.
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