Eumeswil (Eridanos Library)

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Set sometime in the future, after the world government has splintered into city-states, German novelist Junger's murky and digressive dystopian fantasy features Martin Venator, night steward of the Casbah of Eumeswil, citadel-stronghold of a tyrant known as "the Condor." Venator rationalizes his subservience to the dictator by thinking of himself as an "anarch," a man with no ties to state or society. Unlike the anarchist, dedicated to fighting authority, the anarch "plays his own game" within the framework of established rules. When not seeking sexual comfort with his pupil, Ingrid, or with waterfront whore Latifah, Venator uses a time machine to replay historical events and to conjure up 3-D images of famous anarchists. Meanwhile, Ingrid uses the device to research "the Goldfinch Plan," an alternative to Zionist nationalism by which various countries will lease or donate tiny territories that will allow the Jewish people to exist as a seafaring network. Junger (b. 1895) is perhaps best known for opposing the Nazi regime through his bestselling roman a clef, On the Marble Cliffs (1939). In this acute if labyrinthine study of a compromised individual, he telescopes past and present, playing over the sweep of Western history and culture with a dazzling range of allusions from Homer and Nero to Poe and Lenin, displaying his erudition but failing to ignite the reader's engaged interest.
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From Booklist:

J{ }unger, who was born in 1895 but is still alive, served in World War I and wrote a notorious novel about his experiences, Storms of Steel. Although conservative and nationalistic, he denounced the Nazis in his second novel, On the Marble Cliffs; fortunately, he was too famous to kill. His conservativism still marks such recent works as this novel (written in 1980 and now deftly translated) consisting of the jottings of an inhabitant of the city-state Eumeswil on the North African coast in a future in which the world has reverted to a more traditional mode of life. The jotter, Martin Venator, is a servant of Eumeswil's current ruler, the Condor, and yet also a historian and self-proclaimed anarch. As an anarch, he feels no loyalties to anyone but himself and in his writings carefully examines his relationships to his family, his society, and, indeed, to history and life itself. A philosophical novel, Eumeswil is an eccentric creation that partakes of both Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra and Hesse's Magister Ludi while remaining stubbornly itself. J{ }unger is a literary figure important enough for this work to be included in any library with substantial holdings of world literature. John Shreffler

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