The Glass Bees (Paperback)

The Glass Bees By Ernst Junger, Bruce Sterling (Introduction by), Louise Bogan (Translated by), Elizabeth Mayer (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ernst Junger, Bruce Sterling (Introduction by), Louise Bogan (Translated by), Elizabeth Mayer (Translated by)
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In The Glass Bees the celebrated German writer Ernst Jünger presents a disconcerting vision of the future. Zapparoni, a brilliant businessman, has turned his advanced understanding of technology and his strategic command of the information and entertainment industries into a discrete form of global domination. But Zapparoni is worried that the scientists he depends on might sell his secrets. He needs a chief of security, and Richard, a veteran and war hero, is ready for the job. However, when he arrives at the beautiful country compound that is Zapparoni's headquarters, he finds himself subjected to an unexpected ordeal. Soon he is led to question his past, his character, and even his senses....

About the Author

Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was born in Heidelberg and early on developed a fascination with war. As a teenager, he ran away to join the French Foreign Legion, then enlisted in the German Army of the first day of World War I. Jünger’s first book, Storm of Steel, provided a graphic account of his experiences. Jünger kept his distance from the Nazis, and his 1939 novel On the Marble Cliffs presented an allegorical account of the destructive nature of Hitler’s rule. One of the most controversial of twentieth-century German writers, Jünger was the recipient of numerous literary prizes, and continued his career as a writer until his death at the age of 102.

Elizabeth Mayer (1884-1970) was a German-born American translator and editor. In the 1940s her homes in Long Island and New York served as artistic salons for many émigré writers.

Louise Bogan (1897-1970) served as poetry editor of The New Yorker for nearly 40 years and was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 1945. Her Collected Poems won the Bollingen Prize in 1955.

Bruce Sterling is a science-fiction writer and pop-science journalist. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Praise For…

"This pitch-black ending [of The Glass Bees] shows that Jünger offers more to the modern reader than perverse echoes of German history. The Glass Bees captures with uncommon precision the psychology of acquiescence and abjection on which the sickening miracles of technology depend. The Venus flytraps of social media are a case in point; so is the heedless embrace of artificial intelligence.…In the end, the technical almost inevitably wins out over the human." —Alex Ross, New Yorker

"In scenes as harrowing and thought-disturbing as any created by Karel Capek, George Orwell or Aldous Huxley, [Jünger] contributes not only to prophetic and nihilistic literature but also to an understanding of the inner and outer forces that shape many a man's attitude toward tyranny." —The New York Times

"Jünger's language shimmers with icily brilliant cynicism. He masters a style as hard and transparent as the insects of the story's title." —The San Francisco Chronicle

"A fantastic, tightly compressed novel...a wonderfully provocative fusion of fiction and philosophy." —The Atlantic

Product Details
ISBN: 9780940322554
ISBN-10: 0940322552
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Publication Date: September 30th, 2000
Pages: 224
Language: English