Nietzsche in Turin

Nietzsche in Turin : An Intimate Biography

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During 1888 in Turin, Italy, Nietzsche wrote three of his most important works - Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols, and The Antichrist. As she recounts the dramatic births of those books, Chamberlain paints a portrait of the majestic baroque city in which Nietzsche spent the last sane year of his life before his famous mental breakdown damaged him permanently. Nietzsche in Turin is both a remarkable book of travel literature and a unique biography of one of our most celebrated, though often misunderstood, thinkers. In Chamberlain's account, Friedrich Nietzsche emerges as a gentle, tortured man, dominated by his rigorous mind and his love of music, and soothed by the strangely otherworldly city of Turin.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 138 x 211 x 18mm | 259g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0312199384
  • 9780312199388

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"Original and enlightening . . . In prose that is complex, free-associative and richly allusive, [Chamberlain] seeks to plumb Nietzsche's mind."--Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, " The New York Times"
"Elegant and sympathetic . . . [Nietzsche] emerges as a kind, awkward man with an immense, unsatisfied hunger for love."--Alain de Botton, " Los Angeles Times Book Review"
"[An] excellent account of Nietzsche's last days . . . [Chamberlain] succeeds to a surprising degree in communicating a sense of the man and the thinker, in all his strangeness."--John Banville, "The New York Review of Books"
"In this fascinating 'intimate biography' . . . Chamberlain discovers that the philosopher of the Ubermensch was actually Human."--"The New Yorker"
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