Conversations with Nietzsche

Conversations with Nietzsche : A Life in the Words of His Contemporaries

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A collection of writings to, from, and about Nietzsche, this is an abridged translation of a book that has seen two editions in its 900-page German edition. It contains 87 of the original 358 items, the most informative and little known material from the German-language collection, presenting a new picture of Nietzsche and the origins of the Nietzsche cult. Scholars have hitherto been restricted to Nietzsche's correspondence for source information. This selection balances documents concerning Nietzsche's personal life with others on his intellectual development. The volume includes a descriptive table of contents and index. Students and teachers of German literature and history, and of humanities and more

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  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 166.9 x 231.9 x 28.2mm | 716.68g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Fr.
  • 0195049616
  • 9780195049619

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A selection of 84 memoirs, anecdotes, and reminiscences spanning the life of the famed philospher. The collected memories range from stilted testimonies to the informal anecdotes of casual non-philosopher acquaintances. The entries written by those who went to school with Nietzsche are afflicted by a sycophantic, sermonizing tone (everyone claims to be a kindred spirit), but they paint a picture of an extraordinary boy, overweight, myopic, but already possessing definite ideas about music and art, sure of his purpose in philosophy, confident of his potential impact. By the time he is in his mid-20s, young professor Nietzsche, already notorious for The Birth of Tragedy, emerges as an unforgettable personality - a firebrand of the mind who is also a gentle, painfully sensitive teacher and seeker. The power of the mature Nietzsche is captured best by the passionate Lou Salome (complete with a defensive counterpoint from Nietzche's notoriously jealous sister). By far the most wrenching and revealing passages are from the period spent in Sils-Maria, where Nietzsche lived in stark simplicity, writing Zarathustra between the terrible headaches; the memoirs show him walking and talking with old and new friends, gentle and attentive even as the madness closed in. Not for Nietzsche scholars only, this exemplary collection is for anyone interested in a unique man, one as unforgettable for the exquisite fineness of his outer life as for the fire within. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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