I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche

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Crown/Archetype, Oct 30, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
NEW YORK TIMES Editors' Choice

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 heart-breaking 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.

I Am Dynamite!
 is the essential biography for anyone seeking to understand history's most misunderstood philosopher.
 

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Philosophy and its power, or perceived power to shape thought and action has always been somewhat a mystery to me. This biography on Nietzsche reinforced this for me. The author presents a most ... Read full review

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Nietzsche is one of my many terra incognita. So I hoped Sue Prideaux new biography would provide some enlightenment. Since everything is brand new to me, it did not disappoint. It covers the life, the ... Read full review

Contents

A MUSICAL EVENING
1
UR GERMAN ATHENS
23
BECOME WHAT YOU ARE
40
NAX0S 61
88
POlson CDTIAGE
113
CONCEPTQUAKE
126
THE LAST DISCIPLE AND THE FIRST DISCIPLE
143
FREE AND NOT SO FREE SPIRITS
157
MY FATHER WAGNER IS DEAD MY SON IARATHUSTRA is BORN
243
DECLAIMING INTO THE WOID
267
LLAMALAND
281
TWILIGHT INTURIN
307
THE CAVE MINOTAUR
331
Aphorisms
383
Photography Credits Insert
397
Notes
407

HUMAN All TDD HUMAN 111
179
PHILOSOPHY AND EROS
198
THE PHILOSOPHERS APPRENTICE
211

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About the author (2018)

Sue Prideaux is a novelist and biographer. Her books include Edvard Munch: Behind the Scream, which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and Strindberg: A Life, which received the Duff Cooper Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

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