This is the first English-language publication of the memoirs of Andreas-Salome (1861-1937), a German-Russian novelist and student of psychoanalysis whose work has not been widely published in English. Writing in her seventies in a loosely structured narrative, the author reviews her life as a series of intense ``experiences'' that often take the form of analytical, self-torturing questions on the complex nature of existence, faith, and love. Her appealing personality emerges through her poetry, recollections of girlhood and family life, and romantic-intellectual relationships with men such as Nietzsche, Rainer, Freud, and others in European intellectual circles. Carefully edited with extensive textual notes and critical commentary, this book also contains a useful bibliography of her work and selections of her poetry in English translation (with original German texts). A good introduction to her work. Recommended for collections in European literature.-- Lesley Jorbin, Cleveland State Univ.