With additional notes by Detlev Schöttker. Print: 2nd edition (paperback), the e-book is based on the 1st edition of the 2013 print edition.

Ernst Jünger: An der Zeitmauer
[Ernst Jünger: At the Wall of Time]

Klett-Cotta, Stuttgart 2019, 256 pages
ISBN 978-3-608-96069-3 (Print), 978-3-608-10604-6 (E-Book EPUB)

Ernst Jünger’s extensive essay “At the Wall of time” (“An der Zeitmauer”) can be read, despite the decades that have passed since its publication in 1959, as the book of the hour. For many of the reflections in the 186 numbered sections of the book echo statements on climate change and its consequences, as expressed in the term Anthropocene. It comes to terms with the fact that mankind has led the earth into a new age by intervening in nature, thereby threatening its own survival. The “apocalyptic mood,” according to Jünger, is “a sign that we have reached a stage where the fate of the earth as such is in doubt.”

The metaphor of “the wall of time” was coined by Jünger to characterize change but not to prophesy catastrophe. Rather, the author shows that the fear of industrial progress is a phenomenon of historically transitional times—one that demands new ways of thinking and acting. Jünger thus takes up the theme of the 1932 essay “The Worker” in which he describes the human adaptation to machine production.