How four of Europe’s most mysterious and fascinating writers shaped the modern mind.
Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kafka were all outsiders in their societies, unable to fit into the accepted nineteenth-century categories of theology, philosophy, or belles lettres. Instead, they saw themselves both as the end products of a dying civilization and as prophets of the coming chaos of the twentieth century. In this brilliant combination of biography and lucid exposition, their apocalyptic visions of the future are woven together into a provocative portrait of modernity.
“This small book has a depth of insight and a comprehensiveness of treatment beyond what its modesty of size and tone indicates. William Hubben…sees the spiritual destiny of Europe as one of transcending these masters. But to be transcended, their message must first be absorbed, and that is why the study of them is so important to us now.” —William Barrett, The New York Times
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About the Author
William Hubben was the editor of the Friends Journal and is the author of Exiled Pilgrim, an account of his own life and time.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It sounds like a paper from a college literature class. But it's a good book. Hey, who wouldn't want to dig deeper into the existentialists. This had punch and didn't take a sad lifetime's worth of pages to deliver the message. Powerful stuff. I won't address the major points -- they are in the book and it is short.
This book was a boring read with not much logical and sequential method. It presented the authors ideas of the four existentialists thrown all around the chapters. It introduces you to them but not so much to their philosophies. It sounds like somebody who knew them personally and thinks that he understood their philosophies from many a times of hearing them preach to him, and now writing a small bio about the four. Save you cash and find a better book.
Definitely a perfect introduction to these prophetic writers. It has opened up a whole new interest in the philosophical insights of the late 19th century and insprired me to read books such as The Seven That Were Hanged, Ecce Homo, and The Metamorphosis-books that I would have otherwise ignored. Easy to follow and provides a deeper understanding of the personal lives of these men.