Nietzsche: A Novel (SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

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This historical-biographical novel fleshes out the facts of Nietzsche's life with fictional treatment. Using untraditional narrative techniques and interweaving medical reports, actual letters, and original new text, the novel takes the last years of Nietzsche's life, the years of insanity, as a frame for the entire life.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sometimes intriguing, more often impenetrable, this biographical novel attempts to recreate Friedrich Nietzsche's experience of mental and physical deterioration. Following the philosopher from 1889, when he is first institutionalized in Basel, to his death in Weimar in 1900, Krell, a professor of philosophy at DePaul University, constructs a bizarre first-person narrative to give voice to Nietzsche's torment and delusion in the last 10 years of his life. But it is only through Nietzsche's letters and medical records, imported into these fictionalized rantings, that we get a glimpse of the man who continuously struggled against physical ailments and self-imposed intellectual alienation. Krell tries unconvincingly to imbue Nietzsche's life and madness with the pathos of a Greek tragedya son raised without a father, thwarted in his quest for his mother's love by his sister's manipulative interference. Ultimately, readers of what might have been a philosophical and psychological high-wire act are left neither a good read nor new insights into the philosopher's contributions. July
A highly innovative biography presenting excerpts from translated medical documents and Nietzsche letters then extrapolating from these sources a series of internal dialogues that are fictional, but also reveal a great deal about the philosopher and his ideas. Krell philosophy, DePaul U. teases meaning from the last ten years of Nietzsche's life when he was completely mad, often delusional, and yet still constellating a brilliance in his thoughts on time, madness, love, and tragedy. The format seems, even in its fictional aspects, more true to the spirit of Nietzsche than a traditional biography could hope to be. Lacks an index and bibliography, but contains a chronology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents


General Chronology

Part One. Transfiguration

Part Two. Restorations

Part Three. The Ways of the Mother


Part Four. The Ways of the Father

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