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    On Pain
    by Ernst Jünger, Russell A. Berman, David C. Durst

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    • Format: paperback, 47 pages
    • Publisher: Ingram
    • Author: Ernst Jünger, Russell A. Berman, David C. Durst
    • ISBN: 9780914386407 (0914386409)
    • Language: english
    • Genres: philosophy, essays, psychology, history, war, literature
    • Release date: November 6, 2008

    About The Book

    Written and published in 1934, a year after Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, Ernst Jünger’s On Pain is an astonishing essay that announces the rise of a new metaphysics of pain in a totalitarian age. One of the most controversial authors of twentieth-century Germany, Jünger rejects the liberal values of liberty, security, ease, and comfort, and seeks instead the measure of man in the capacity to withstand pain and sacrifice. Jünger heralds the rise of a breed of men who — equipped with an unmatched ability to treat themselves and others in a cold and detached way — become one with new, terrorizing machines of death and destruction in human-guided torpedoes and manned airborne missiles, and whose “peculiarly cruel way of seeing,” resembling the insensitive lens of a camera, anticipates the horrors of World War II. With a preface by Russell A. Berman, and an introduction by translator David C. Durst, this remarkable essay not only provides valuable insights into the cult of courage and death in Nazi Germany, but also throws light on the ideology of terrorism today.

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