Besides Melville and Poe in the Schmitt-Jünger letters

This interest in French writers maintained throughout the life of the two men is the most salient aspect of the prodigious erudition that emerges from this half-century of correspondence. The book is full of literary reflections, reading tips and translation comments. Leon Bloy, Rivarol and the French moralists are thus at the heart of many of their missives and we can see the importance of these writers from across the Rhine for the two Germans.

Bloy (1846-1917) in particular seems to be prominent in their discussions. An ultra-Catholic fanatic who apparently helped Jünger get around Nietzsche.

I’ve written about Bloy before here. He is currently censored in France under threat of legal penalty.

My readers have a hundred times buried me alive in a coffin and listened to my muffled howls with a coprophile smile on their face, so I don’t know why I bother with you. Whatever, here I am.

So if this Bloy was in Borges’ top 7 he must be worth getting more thoroughly acquainted with

Jünger says this of him

Bloy is arguably the most vigorous antagonist socialism has found in the nineteenth century.

I WILL simulate the conversation these two Germans had drinking wine late into the night!

Bloys thought of himself as an “Entrepreneur de Démolitions” (Demolition Contractor), a title which he had on his calling card.

Jünger believed there were distinct variations of Catholicism

The French literary establishment of Bloy’s time all hated him. He was “against everyone”.

What type of mentally ill westerner are YOU? Are you able to consider an ultra-Catholic or a Shi’ist with more of an open mind? Personally I find Shi’ists easier, so this is a challenge to me.

Jünger says Bloy’s “shockingly powerful hatred” is on par with Hitler’s.

this Christian puts on an exceptional show, and the tops of his towers achieve rarified heights… desire to embody the philosopher’s stone emerges from base, dark, seething turmoil

Jünger (via his diaries) is deeply ambivalent about Bloy. He is to him someone who represents mankind’s highest virtues and lowest vices simultaneously. It’s difficult reading for Jünger in part because Bloy was a virulent anti-German racist.

Just continuing to do some preliminary excavations on the internets

Bloy’s most important collection of stories, [Sweating Blood,] a scandal as well as a cult book for Carl Schmitt and Ernst Jünger.

These are stories inspired by the Franco-Prussian War. There was resistance to its publication for its “bloodthirsty nationalism”. It still boggles my mind that an author from the 19th century continues to be banned in the 21st century.

A subtlety as to why Jünger could tolerate someone such as Bloy

If you recall from Storm of Steel, Jünger expressed how he was impressed by the bravery, manliness, chivalry, etc. of the British. This attitude was a code of honor for him, to admit due respect for the enemy. It was a form of sportsmanship. It’s too bad my enemies are mostly cheaters of various types, because it’s impossible to show “due” respect to them. Eh you can’t expect honor or fair play from jews women browns blacks eunuchs etc. anyway. Jünger was respectful to fellow white men, note well.

Back to this Bloy though- interesting

For Jünger, it is part of the occult polarity of Sade and Léon Bloy, one herald of a demonic and unleashed modernity, the other of a Catholic reaction which “ate the lion”, gorges itself with elemental energies.

Somehow through writing this post I am only now finally remembering Bloy wrote in the broader context of the aftermath of the French Revolution. He ate the lion instead of being eaten by it?

Was is it with guys with this mustache? (Ivan Franko had one too)

Alain Soral was fined $150,000 for publishing Bloy.

Maybe some of my posts like this are somewhat tedious- well it’s necessary to first get a bird’s-eye-view on these old suppressed writers, i.e. Where to even begin with someone who wrote tens of thousands of pages?

The bibliography on the French wiki contains hyperlinks unlike the English one.

Basically, there’s nothing to read. MSM content – nah. Then most random civilians are milquetoast shills. Thus I’m drawn to old books.

For Bloy the only thing worth striving to be in life is a saint. He was disappointed in himself because he considered himself to be a mere writer instead.

He kind of gives me a Cioran vibe so far

Here is Jünger on him again

Good to read when the appetite has been destroyed by too much bland food… But I find his wild pamphleteering repugnant. For example, when he describes people as barely worthy of cleaning the chamber pots in hospitals or scraping off the residue on the latrines of a Prussian infantry barracks. He reaches levels of hatred that veer off into lewdness

Jünger is one of my only friends, I’m just asking him for some reading recommendations.

Bloy advocated for absolute theocracy and the burning of heretics alive. He was “against everyone” and said of himself that he wrote “only for God”.

He was a favorite of the “Conservative Revolutionaries” as they’re called, and I’ve never seen anyone alive today mention him (besides Soral who lives in exile last time I checked).

It’s probably too late for me to ever convert to Catholicism. Will I always be a Socratic hyper-prot? People often forget that Jünger converted a year and a half before his death when he was 100 years old!! Was this at all due to Bloy finally crystallizing in his mind?

People in the west are seriously mentally ill. You see some talking unironically about moving to Iran and converting to Islam – what level of crazy is that, who would do that?

When Ernst Jünger converted to the Catholic faith on September 26, 1996, many of his contemporaries were surprised – because it was assumed that Jünger had overcome traditional religion with a “new theology”. This new theology appeared as a large-scale mythological thinking… However, in Jünger’s mythological reference system there is also hope for the return of the divine

IIRC Heidegger was also given a Catholic burial.

Who knows, maybe it will turn out that Bloy deserves to be considered a classic over and above Jünger himself? That’s why it’s important to look into the ones who you find great found great.

All I know is that if Americans are given the choice between Catholicism and decadence they will choose decadence close to 100 times out of 100–and there seems to be something unreasonable about that.

I think lots of my fellow travelers have had this “pull”

the parallel universes of Bloy and Nietzsche can be contrastively compared. Jünger superimposed both interpretations of the world, so to speak, and thereby arrived at a new, “objective” worldview.

I bet if you conducted a poll of rightists and asked them who the ultimate hero of the 20th century was, Jünger would receive a substantial percent of the votes. So why is Bloy’s influence on him so unknown?

Personally, Chesterton isn’t enough to convince me of Catholicism. He’s pretty good though. I could do for a more hateful type like Bloy- that’s more relatable than Chesterton’s gentle wholesomeness.

Yeah, this is what led me from the Germans to the Shi’ists

in Bloy the counter-enlightenment, the eschatological definition of human existence, culminates. Nietzsche also set a precedent because his thinking, albeit in negative dialectics, was still related to the Enlightenment.

Jünger calls Bloy’s books “hieroglyphic” and says people of Bloy’s own time did not yet have the maturity to grasp them.

So Jünger saw him as like a Hölderlin type?

In Bloy’s thinking, Jünger not only finds a vehemently presented destruction of earthly conditions, but also the prerequisite for a new beginning, for a “turn”, for an epoch of the spirit beyond the time wall, in which the titanic forces are bound and man and earth are reconciled. 

It’s refreshing to see a goy with this attitude

It can definitely be said that Americans eat Jewish dogfood from bowls on the ground.

Not me, not Bloy.

Yup

Not worthy of being created by God, let alone loved by Him.

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