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, ostensibly a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, is effectively a comprehensive synthesis of Ernst JÃÂ¼nger's mature thought, with a particular focus on new and achievable forms of individual freedom in a technologically monitored and managed postmodern world. Here JÃÂ¼nger first fully develops his figure of the anarch, the inwardly liberated and outwardly pragmatic individual, who lives peacefully in the heart of Leviathan and is yet able to preserve his individuality and freedom. Composed of a series of short passages and fragments, Eumeswil
follows the reflections of Martin Venator, a historian living in a futuristic city-state ruled by a dictator known as the Condor. Through Venator, the prototypical anarch, JÃÂ¼nger offers a broad and uniquely insightful analysis of history from the post-historic perspective and, at the same time, presents a vision of future technological developments, including astonishingly prescient descriptions of today's internet (the luminar), smartphone (the phonophore), and genetic engineering. At once a study of accommodation to tyranny and a libertarian vision of individual freedom, Eumeswil
continues to speak to the contradictions and possibilities inherent in our twenty-first-century condition.