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By Ernst Jünger

German author Junger (1895- ) gets an late advent to English-language readers with this dependent allegorical novel. Frederick Baroh, descended from a once-aristocratic relations, serves in a rifle regiment of the People's military garrisoned in his previous place of origin in Silesia ahead of deserting to the West. (Junger, now not by the way, fought in either global wars, and as a captain took half within the profession of France; in 1939, although, he had written a largely learn anti-Nazi novel.) as soon as within the West, Baroh joins his uncle's funeral company after which develops an greatly profitable company- an unlimited, world-famous necropoIis. Lucid sentences and a finely tuned plot stability a rigorous schedule thinking about not anything below the mysteries and paradoxes of fabric life. An articulate afterword via Martin Meyer examines the philosophical and literary underpinnings of Jilnger's paintings.

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Les fermiers eux-mêmes passaient dans les hameaux, par tous les chemins des domaines, dans les fermes isolées. À chaque famille, ils offraient la charité de recueillir l’un de ses enfants ; ainsi que le secours immédiat d’une pièce d’argent et, plus précieux encore, quelques vivres. La faim 40 G4/450-D65677-BAT-3 à fin Page 41 Mardi, 4. juillet 2006 4:42 16 avilit sûrement : les parents cédaient leurs plus beaux petits ; les mères pleuraient mais obtempéraient, pensant sauver ainsi leur progéniture.

Il y eut un printemps terrible de gelées tardives et de grêles violentes. L’été fut pire encore : l’eau manqua partout, avec l’eau le fourrage ; une sécheresse extrême brûla les blés, le seigle et le froment. Le petit peuple des journaliers ne trouva plus à louer ses bras. À la fin de septembre la nature impitoyable avait jeté des centaines de gueux sur les chemins de Provence, où ils se traînaient dans la plus noire misère. Le peuple dut renoncer au pain, dont le prix s’était envolé. À Gardanne deux boulangers furent attaqués, dépouillés, massacrés.

Le malheureux homme s’était aventuré, un soir qu’il avait bu plus que de raison, à échanger avec son voisin de table, à la taverne de son village, des propos séditieux qu’un mouchard s’était empressé de rapporter à la police. On avait aussi trouvé dans son échoppe un exemplaire d’un libelle ordurier à l’endroit de quelques notables du cru. Un juge nouveau venait d’être appelé à exercer dans cette juridiction ; il crut devoir se montrer sévère, afin d’en imposer au peuple et de plaire aux puissants.

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