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I am dynamite! : a life of Nietzsche

Author: Sue Prideaux
Publisher: New York : Tim Duggan Books, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"A biography of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche"--
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche; Friedrich Nietzsche
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sue Prideaux
ISBN: 9781524760823 152476082X 9781524760830 1524760838
OCLC Number: 1016387377
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Faber & Faber, London, in 2018."
Description: viii, 452 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: A musical evening --
Our German Athens --
Become what you are --
Naxos --
The birth of tragedy --
Poison cottage --
Concept-quake --
The last disciple and the first disciple --
Free and not so free spirits --
Human, all too human --
The wanderer and his shadow --
Philosophy and Eros --
The philosopher's apprentice --
My father Wagner is dead. My son Zarathustra is born --
Only where there are graves are there resurrections --
He ambushed me! --
Declaiming into the void --
Llamaland --
I am dynamite! --
Twilight in Turin --
The cave minotaur --
The empty occupant of furnished rooms.
Other Titles: Life of Nietzsche
Responsibility: Sue Prideaux.

Abstract:

"A biography of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche"--

One of the most enigmatic figures in philosophy, Nietzsche's concepts-- the Übermensch, the will to power, slave morality-- have fundamentally reshaped our understanding of the human condition. Prideaux brings readers into the world of this brilliant, eccentric, and deeply troubled man, illuminating the events and people that shaped his life and work. From his devoutly Christian upbringing through his teaching career, lonely philosophizing on high mountains, and heart-breaking descent into madness, she documents Nietzsche's intellectual and emotional life. -- adapted from jacket

"A groundbreaking new biography of philosophy's greatest iconoclast. Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most enigmatic figures in philosophy, and his concepts--the Übermensch, the will to power, slave morality--have fundamentally reshaped our understanding of the human condition. But what do most people really know of Nietzsche--beyond the mustache, the scowl, and the lingering association with nihilism and fascism? Where do we place a thinker who was equally beloved by Albert Camus, Ayn Rand, Martin Buber, and Adolf Hitler? Nietzsche wrote that all philosophy is autobiographical, and in this vividly compelling, myth-shattering biography, Sue Prideaux brings readers into the world of this brilliant, eccentric, and deeply troubled man, illuminating the events and people that shaped his life and work. From his placid, devoutly Christian upbringing--overshadowed by the mysterious death of his father--through his teaching career, lonely philosophizing on high mountains, and heartbreaking descent into madness, Prideaux documents Nietzsche's intellectual and emotional life with a novelist's insight and sensitivity. She also produces unforgettable portraits of the people who were most important to him, including Richard and Cosima Wagner; Lou Salomé, the femme fatale who broke his heart; and his sister Elizabeth, a rabid German nationalist and anti-Semite who manipulated his texts and turned the Nietzsche archive into a destination for Nazi ideologues. [This] is the essential biography for anyone seeking to understand history's most misunderstood philosopher. "--Dust jacket.

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