16 Nov 2010

Vorvort zur 2. Auflage - Introduction to the second, revised edition

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”Schneller als gedacht, wurde eine zweite Auflage Bedürfnis.” These are the first words in Jünger’s introduction to the second edition of In Stahlgewittern, which was published by E. S. Mittler & Sohn Verlag in March 1922.

During the work for the third revised edition (1924), Jünger had re-consulted his many notebooks, he writes in the introduction to it. “Es war eine seltsame Beschäftigung, im bequemen Sessel das Gekritzel dieser Hefte zu entziffern, an deren Deckeln noch der vertrocknete Schlamm der Gräben klebte, und dunkle Flecken, von denen ich nicht mehr wußte, war es Blut oder Wein.”

I also re-consulted my notebooks to this second revised edition. However, I am lucky to say that the stains in my notebooks are not blood. Sometimes they are from mud, but more often from omelette frites and wine.

To see that Das Begleitbuch zu 'In Stahlgewittern' has found its way to more readers than expected makes me very happy and proud. I am also very glad that by this I get a chance to correct a few embarrassing errors which occur in the first edition.

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