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I Am Dynamite A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche

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Y own dispositions in ways I never realized had sunk in I feel as do many who have been inspired by him an emotional connection with his thought given which he holds a dear place for me All that is to say that I was both anxious and apprehensive to read a biography on his personThe task of writing about the life of Nietzsche is not without its perils With a hankering after the irrational and revelry it is just as vital to capture the setting and atmosphere within which Nietzsche s thought developed so as to impress the mood that makes p such a part of Nietzsche s aesthetic Prideaux does a superb job in recreating the environment that so affected and afflicted this tormented thinker With Nietzsche s own penchant for colorful descriptions Prideaux works hard to maintain a similar flourish without becoming garish Nor can one write a biography of Nietzsche without addressing the philosophical thought that consumed him Prideaux adroitly weaves within the story of his life not only Nietzsche s own thought but that of the likes of Empedocles Kant Schopenhauer and in a manner that seems natural and easy to digest However I The Parisian Prowler uestion Prideaux s choice to give synopses of Nietzsche s books particularly those after his Untimely Meditations Nietzsche s works are far too broad and nuanced to neatly sump in a couple of pages and I fear that these sections may mislead the reader into false starts and premature conclusions about his worksWhat I find most commendable about this biography is that Prideaux does not mythologize Cross My Heart and Hope to Die unsubstantiated events in Nietzsche s life not even those considered pivotal nor speculate about them other than where it is further noted by contemporaries makingp the primary sources consulted For example the time in which it is supposed that Nietzsche may have contracted syphilis is passingly commented Travels of an Ordinary Man Australia upon with only a slight reference to Mann s grander allusions to it in his novel Doctor Faustus Rather the book is well researched and is composed with descriptive care to fill in the setting The historical facts are treated like a pre composed libretto needing only to be pieced together and then inlayed by the greater orchestral composition that is Prideaux s text I imagine that some may be critical of the divagations into other notable individual s lives such as Wagner and F rster but I found these to be sparse and refreshing Nietzsche lived during an exceptional time the Paris Commune the Franco Prussian War emergence of Symbolism etc and many of the individuals both greater and lesser known he was personally acuainted with As such I take these additions to be an asset to the whole in their providing important context to Nietzsche s acuaintance and reciprocating influence Incipit Tragoedia When Zarathustra was thirty years old he left his home and the Lake of Urmi and went into the mountains There he enjoyed his spirit and his solitude and for ten years did not weary of it But at last his heart changed begins aphorism 342 of The Gay Science The same could be said of that fateful day in Turin during the winter of 1889 Incipit Tragoedia when he finally wentnder and succumbed to the madness within which he would spend just over the next ten years His final decade of life is heartbreaking to read about and Prideaux spares no punches in defending his legacy with a detailed account of the misappropriations of his thought Some may be turned off by the pointed depiction of his sister Elisabeth s machinations but Nietzsche s legacy had ruthlessly been controlled by her and to dire purposes for decades after his death Prideaux does an excellent job documenting and debunking many false impressions that have been attributed to Nietzsche over the years without however denying that his thought does lend itself to such interpretation and abuse In terms of scholarship and engagement of style Prideaux s portrait is masterfully executed and artfully composed to the aim of defending Nietzsche s legacy as a philosopher of perhaps I am frightened Nietzsche had written by the thought of what A Cidade e as Serras unualified andnsuitable people may invoke my authority one day Yet that is the torment of every great teacher of mankind he knows that given the circumstances and the accidents he can become a disaster as well as a blessing to mankind 374 5Ironically Nietzsche wrote these words in a letter to his sister Eli A mostly captivating biography of a widely misunderstood man I am left with the impression of a solitary lonely and confused soul wandering about moving from place to place in search of belonging and fleeing his oppressive mother and sister There are brief intervals of reciprocity with Wagner and Lou Salome but in the end he is a man very much alone Next TIME I PICK UP A BOOK I #pick Everything a Band-Aid Can't Fix: A Teen's Guide to Healing and Dealing with Life up a book wrote I will approach it with a deepenednderstanding of the origins of his # up a book wrote I will approach it with a deepened nderstanding of the origins of his The author explains the origins of ZarathustraWhy did Nietzsche choose Zarathustra Zarathustra also called Zoroaster was a Persian prophet who probably lived some time between the twelfth and sixth centuries before Christ Zarathustra presented a key to the problem of evil that could never be answered by Judaism
Christianity Or Islam Whose 
or Islam whose powerful gods were all good In Zoroastrianism the god of light is in constant conflict with the god of darkness and evil At the end of time the god of light will score a final victory but ntil then he is not in control of events Conseuently Zoroastrianism All Things Consoled unlike the three great religions of the book escapes the paradox of an all powerful good God who is responsible for what many people take to bennecessary evilZarathustra s ten years of solitude in the mountains between the ages of thirty and forty might stand for Nietzsche s post Basel decade of independent thinking which was often conducted on high mountains Zarathustra is forty the same age as the writer Nietzsche is when he comes down to be among the people He carries down fire as Prometheus had carried the fire that would transform cultures and civilizations and as the Holy Ghost had carried down tongues of fire at Pentecost Fire bestows A Gin-Pissing-Raw-Meat-Dual-Carburetor-V8-Son-of-a-Bitch from Los Angeles upon the chosen ones the enlightened ones the gift of speaking in tongues ie in words that areniversally comprehensible It is a synonym for wisdom and for revelation Zarathustra s fire has the specific ability to scorch meaning into the meaninglessness of life following Cracked (Soul Eaters, upon the death of God His mouth alone through Nietzsche s will be the first to address the nihilism despair and devaluation of moral life that was reaching its crisis within the context of nineteenth century materialism At the end of his book he writes Dead are all gods now we want the bermensch to live Thus spoke Zarathustra He sent it to his publisher describing it in his cover letter as a fifth gospel In 1888 Kaiser Wilhelm I had died at last at the age of ninety Seventeen years previously he had accepted the German crown in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles to Nietzsche s great distress and fear for the imbalance of Europe In the intervening years the Kaiser and his Iron Chancellor Bismarck had famously forged the archconservative and repressive Second Reich on industrialization capitalismnscrupulous expansionism the Protestant Church artistic conservatism and censorship All this had coagulated into one massive congested sclerotic nationalist repressive and authoritarian world power as Nietzsche had feared would happenAs a niversity student in the late 1880s and early 90s Harry Kessler executor Nietzsche s literary estate was part of the Raskolnikov generation those on whom Dostoyevsky s novel Crime and Punishment had a profound effect Kessler served as witness at the trial of a highborn fellow student who shot and killed his working class girlfriend after which the murderer failed to kill himself because his shot into his own chest was not well aimed It was a nihilist act inspired by Dostoyevsky s book which made an nuantifiable impression on the first post Christian despairing generation A rash of such murders among students overcome by the great disgust the will to nothingness became known as the Raskolnikov effect after the anti hero in Dostoyevsky s bookThree years after leaving Put off thy shoes university Kessler felt able to write There is probably no twenty to thirty year old tolerably educated man in Germany today who does not owe to Nietzsche a part of his worldview or has not been or less influenced by him1893 became an important year during which Nietzsche s work caught on with the artistic avant garde of both Berlin and Paris to wide effect through painting playwriting poetry and music Scandinavians also set the Nietzschean fireThis would have been astonishing enough to Nietzsche who had so often expressed his horror at the idea of having disciples but the political tenor of the Nietzsche cult would have horrified him further still The approach of the First World War gave impetus to a bellicose form of Nietzscheism that took the will to power as a moral teaching sanctioning violence and ruthlessness the be. Tzsche 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 Christianpbringing 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 intellec. I had not read a full biography of Nietzsche before I had tried to work through some of his major works in college and knew of the odd course that his writings had taken after his death but lack any sense of a life trajectory That always struck me as odd for a philosopheressayist who has proven to be so influential Sue Prideaux has written a readable and engaging biography of Nietzsche that has helped to fill these holes for meHaving said this I do not know that I am much clearer about actually getting Nietzsche The book clearly communicates the role of his thought in identifying how modernism has weakened the ability of religion and philosophy to provide meaning and value for people provided that the levelling tendencies of modern thought are followed through consistently and honestly That was already fairly clear to me Prideaux s account highlights the problem that such a philosophy presents how does one find meaning in a world with no certainty and no principles a philosophy of perhaps That this would pose tensions for individuals trying to justify a place in the world is clear and the path that Nietzsche steered through the neighborhoods of madness is not surprising It was a basic part of his own story lineThere are a few aspects to Nietzsche s story as told here that were striking to meFirst what an odd intellectual environment he worked in He gets a professorship in philology without completing any degree because of two influential mentors Then he begins to move in completely different directions away from philology and towards philosophy such that students stop signing Range of Ghosts (Eternal Sky, up for his courses He then eventually leaves theniversity and wanders around Central Europe going to scenic areas writing books that nobody read and whose format was nderstandable as driven by his health than by any content He did not attain much success at all in his lifetime I have trouble getting my head around just how different this intellectual world is from anything today especially in big time philosophySecond you have to love family right How the influence of his mother and especially his sister was associated with Nietzsche s work is hard to comprehend especially on substantive issues that affected how his work has been viewed since his death antisemitism It is hard to see how his legacy could have not been confused given the particularities of his estate and its managersThird the limitations of 19th century medicine are striking and one wonders what was really going on both in terms of his inherited physical disorders and the bizarre treatments he received The link between the socialcultural and physical aspects of insanity are strikingFourth he received virtually no recognition during his lifetime when he would have been sane enough to recognize it Add to that the shift in intellectual life at the turn of the century and it seems like a bad joke on the part of the gods at Nietzsche s expense Throw in WW1 and the Nazis and the story only gets stranger The strange relationship with Wagner and his mistress is part of this and a separate strange part of the cultural storyFinally the book makes me want to tour Switzerland and northern Italy I had actually visited Basel and Lucerne prior to reading the book and now want to go backThis was a fun book to read even while trying to sort through Nietzsche s aphorisms English I Am Dynamite A Life of NietzscheThis book is no doubt super interesting and written in an immersive manner but while I m happy I received an ARC it was in a format that can only be read via Adobe Digital Editions meaning on the screen and the book has 700 pages So I will buy the hardcover instead By skimming the pages to get an impression I saw that this text is certainly worthwhile Modernity s TimelinePre Modernity Abrahamic religions envelop the western world in intellectual darkness Billions die in crusades genocides inuisitions witch hunts and wholy wars1859 Darwin accidentally kills god1867 Marx tries to figure it all out by deconstructing and rationalizing systems of material production and governance Stalin gets ahold of it and around 20 million people end p dead 1886 Nietzsche tries to figure it all out by deconstructing and rationalizing systems of morality Hitler gets ahold of it and around 20 million people end Shattered Pillars (Eternal Sky, up dead 1899 Freud tries to figure it all out by deconstructing and rationalizing systems of psychology Madison Avenue gets ahold of it and the rest ofs end p dead starting with the frogs and polar bearsYet somehow we re still better off A book like this needs to be composed like music All the elements must be gently pulled in so the main themes can shine through Prideaux accomplishes this with such great finesse Essentially this book has 3 main threads that she stays true to for the entire biography Chronology of Nietzsche s Life filled with colourful detailsAn Intellectual History of his Philosophical Development flooded with bookish detailsHistorical Context as it Relates to Nietzsche with the goal of setting the record straightWe can see Nietzsche develop from his early 20 s True to any young man this section of
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book is the lively and fastest to read The early pages are packed with books he read what he thought of them his keen friendship with Wagner his musical lifeNext the biography moves into his middle years where the intellectual development slows down but his private life certainly picks p He s essentially come into his own for what he believes in The rest reads like a well not a gossipy newspaper column He s still a great thinker Prideaux s writing still sings perhaps he s simply a man who fell in love And if this biography reads as beautifully as fiction our villain is clearly moving onto the chessboardThis final section is where I was rendered on the floor in emotional turmoil Again Prideaux s writing keeps the complex periods of history clear easy to read Which only emphasizes the tragedy of thoughts gone wrong These were an emotionally crippling couple of pages with exuisitely concise summaries of Nietzsche s final self published works She includes spoilers on these few pages if you consider lines like Descartes I Think Therefore I Am to be a spoilerThe final pages include Aphorisms as a great tribute Near year by year Chronology from 1844 1935Endnotes citing the sources little to no commentaryA pretty fun sounding Bibliography for book nerdsI d recommend this to fans of Nietzsche his naysayers most of all She reduces him back the mere man he wanted to be removing the legend that his sister painstakingly tried to build p As a result perhaps Nietzsche can finally become impish smile you have to read this book his works to find out My 1st Impressions Video filmed before I read this final review it gives a very brief pdate to the 1st Impressions less information than this written review When asked for recommendations by those nversed in philosophy I most commonly recommend Plato and Nietzsche Both are enduringly popular Both are immediately accessible Though often misinterpreted both also describe the antipodes of Western philosophy the metaphysical and the anti metaphysical the classical religious and the modern secular idealsAs the Church has misappropriated Plato for its purposes so much of the abuse of Friedrich Nietzsche 1844 1900 stemmed from the decades of control of his estate by his racist sister Elisabeth 1846 1935 and her increasingly Nazi entourage This has been substantially rectified for American readers by the republication of his works nsullied by her self serving ministrations by such translators and biographers as W Kaufmann and RJ HOLLINGDALE NOW WITH S PRIDEAUX S CURRENT BIOGRAPHY Hollingdale Now with S Prideaux s current biography reconstructions of this man have attained a greater completenessWhile Kaufmann the one most responsible for the reintroduction of Nietzsche to the English reading public produced a magisterial biography of the philosopher in 1950 rev 1968 his emphasis was on the evolution of Nietzsche s writing and ideas Prideaux s particular virtue is in having provided a very readable and fully fleshed portrait of the man and those closest to him She is particularly strong in providing a lucid exposition of his intellectual development in relation to his physical condition and erotic life without thereby belittling either the man or his workWhere Prideaux is weak is in placing Nietzsche within his philosophical context neglecting I think his dependence via Schopenhauer and others on Kant But this is the objection of a philosophically inclined reader and hers is first and foremost a biography a very good one which should appeal to specialists and generalists alike Nietzsche was the primary philosopher who inspired me to pursue the field Not that he offers a coherent belief system or ready to hand tools for life but he does provide the type of critical perspective necessary to begin The Gi War Against Japan uestioning one s life His thought has so much become a part of my own that whenever I revisit his works I find aphorisms that mirror A groundbreaking new biography of philosophy's greatest iconoclast Friedrich Nietzsche is one of the most enigmatic figures in philosophy and his concepts the bermensch the will to power slave morality have fundamentally reshaped ournderstanding 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 eually beloved by Albert Camus Ayn Rand Martin Buber and Adolf HitlerNie. Rmensch as the greatest brute and the blond beast as an incentive toward a racial breeding programNewspaper articles by Nietzsche s anti Semitic fascist sister Elizabeth encouraged these twisted interpretations enthusiastically describing her brother as a friend of warHis sister along with her anti Semitic husband gathered together out of context fragments from Nietzsche s notebooks adding their own ideas as if they were his into a volume titled Triumph of the Will with Nietzsche identified as the author on the cover and the title page This book was eagerly adopted by Mussolini as a justification for his fascist nationalism and thirst for war In Germany the Weimar period was a gestation period of this work Hitler and the Nazis became admirers of both the book and Elizabeth Philosopher Oswald Spengler made things worse by incorporating Social Darwinism into the alleged beliefs of Nietzsche The misunderstood terms bermensch and master morality served Spengler s purposeSoon after philosopher Martin Heidegger joined the Nazi Party the notorious German professor Alfred B Things Mother Used to Make umler who had issued a new edition of The Triumph of the Will oversaw the first book burning in Berlin A film directed by Leni Riefenstah of the 1934 Nuremberg Rally was titled Triumph of the Will as a nod to the influence of the book Of course Hitler never actually read any Nietzsche including the phony Triumph of the Will but simply saw it asseful propaganda On her deathbed in 1935 Elizabeth had Hitler s Mein Kampf read to her aloud Hitler attended her funeral Nietzsche is now preceded by his reputation to such a monstrous extent that it takes a bit of an effort to overcome all the received wisdom which in my case was the only wisdom I had having read only one of his books and virtually nothing else about him Oh yeah Nietzsche wasn t he a bit right wing Tooled around with a terrific stare declaiming things about the death of god Women hated him Nazis loved him Something like thatHe comes across in this fascinating biography as a smart Ghost of a Hanged Man unusual and notnkindly figure but one overmastered by the emotional demands of his family by an imposed solitariness and by the lifelong ill health which he knew appeared to be leading inexorably to madnessHe tried to accustom himself to this possibility early insanity ran in his family and his father had died young from a softening of the brain From the beginning in his writings he was exploring the idea of emancipatory insanity and the validity of the irrational in passages like this from DaybreakAh give me madness you heavenly powers Madness that I may only at last believe in myself Give deliriums and convulsions sudden lights and darkness terrify me with frost and fire such as no mortal has ever felt with deafening din and prowling figures make me howl and whine and crawl like a beast so that I may come to believe in myselfWell he got what he wanted He had a vital personal investment in many of his philosophical ideas which had to do with turning every it was into I wanted it thus in other words with not just accepting the things that happen to you but forcing yourself to find joy and satisfaction in them For him this amor fati could be a big askMost of the key locations in his life as he developed these ideas were in Switzerland He took a professorship in Basel at just 24 spent probably the happiest years of his life at Wagner s house on Lake Lucerne where he wrote The Birth of Tragedy and later had his most dramatic epiphanies at Sils Fantasy Faerie Erotica Collection - 8 Sexy Gay Stories of Romantic Vampires, Faeries, and Other Magical Lovers up in the Engadine where tourists can still visit the Zarathustra rock Here my muses live he said this region is blood and kin to me and even than that But misfortune did seem to follow him around and there were very few friends who lasted long Wagner had originally seen him as a worthy disciple and the two had a close relationship but it came apart in a miserable way Wagner wrote to his doctor asking whether some of Nietzsche s medical symptoms might not be the effects of masturbation this letter somehow got into circulation and Nietzsche found himself at a party in Bayreuth with everybody reading it surreptitiously and sniggering at him behind his backWith women he had no luck at all His most affectionate relationship was with Lou Salom the Russian born thinker writer and itinerant femme fatale The two shared many long walks and deep conversations which meant a great deal to Nietzsche but she was always interested in other smart people as well For a while the two of them resolved to live trois with the philosopher Paul R e but this modern arrangement also ended pathetically one day while they were travelling together Nietzsche wokep to find the other two gone He carried on to some other destinations on their itinerary but could not find them in fact Salom and R e had just stayed where they #were and lain low ntil Nietzsche disappearedOne gets the impression of a seriously lonely man There s # and lain low ntil Nietzsche disappearedOne gets the impression of a seriously lonely man There s moment where the Goncourts journal is published and Nietzsche reads it and thinks wistfully how nice it must be to have these boozy friendly dinners with guests like Zola and Turgenev He would have flourished in that situation But there he was wandering around alone on an Alp having ecstatic visions interspersed with bouts of cryingIt is partly for these reasons that his later writings can be as Sue Prideaux puts it vengefully misogynistic Nevertheless she saysAll his life he valued intelligent women making close and enduring friendships with them He only fell in love with clever women starting with Cosima Wagner He disliked ignorant and bigoted womenWhich brings Nyx us to his sister Elisabeth Nietzsche keptp a friendly correspondence with her but he did not share her values she was an ardent nationalist and a vicious antisemite whereas Nietzsche considered himself a bad German but a very good European He gave p his German citizenship to work in Basel and remained officially stateless for the rest of his lifeThe rift between them became serious when Elisabeth married the nationalist activist Bernhard F rster I do not have his enthusiasm for things German Nietzsche wrote to her and even less for keeping this glorious race pure On the contrary on the contrary Nietzsche liked to tell people he was Polish after someone said his face looked like something from a Matejko paintingThe F rsters went off to start a bizarre antisemitic colony in Paraguay but after her husband deep in debt finally killed himself Elisabeth found a new project in managing the affairs of her brother Nietzsche by this stage had gone completely la la He was signing his letters The Crucified and telling correspondents things like I have ordered a convocation of princes in Rome I mean to have the young emperor shot If there was a certain lan to his early ideas about the liberating power of madness there was none whatsoever to the reality first confined to an asylum and then long years shuffling around a room above his sister s parlour scarcely able to remember his name or to speak coherently Elisabeth took ownership of all his writings copyrights and letters AND CAREFULLY CONTROLLED WHAT WOULD BE RELEASED TO RESEARCHERS carefully controlled what would be released to researchers the publicBut even the sadness of Nietzsche s final years is overshadowed by what was done to his reputation after he died Elisabeth in Prideaux s telling was determined to turn her brother s writings to her own ideological ends which by now had a political correlative Giving a speech at a festival held to commemorate fifty years since Wagner s death she announced We are drunk with enthusiasm because at the head of our government stands such a wonderful indeed phenomenal personality like our magnificent Chancellor Adolf Hitler Ein Volk Ein Reich Ein F hrer The Nietzsche Archiv which she built and managed in Weimar was soon stuffed with fellow believers Inside the Archive everyone from the doorkeeper to the head is a Nazi said one depressed disciple of Nietzsche s who later fled into exile It is enough to make one weep Mysterious incomprehensible Germany Despite the superficial appeal of Nietzsche s terminology the blond beasts the master race it was not easy to jam his ideas into a fascist mould As one leading Nazi ideologue commented If not for the fact that Nietzsche was not a nationalist or a socialist and did not believe in race discrimination he would have made a good Nazi I am not p on Nietzsche scholarship so I don t know how controversial or Jake Millers Wheel un this story is but certainly here Nietzsche emerges as a figure deeply sympathetic deeply troubled and deeply misunderstood by posterity It s a very sad tale so one is grateful to Prideaux s dry often openly comic style which guides you through his life without anynnecessary drama letting the facts speak for themselves Deutschland Deutschland ber Alles he wrote scornfully I m afraid that was the end of German philosophy Unfortunately it was just the start for Nietzschean philosophy and for a lot of people it s never recovered It all makes for a completely riveting and desperately sad read. Tual and emotional life with a novelist's insight and sensitivityShe also produces nforgettable portraits of the people who were most important to him including Richard and Cosima Wagner Lou Salom 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 nderstand history's most misunderstood philosoph. ,