The Interior Life of Friedrich Nietzsche
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Zarathustra's Secret by Joachim Kohler
Book DescriptionMore than a century after his death in 1900, Nietzsche remains a seminal figure in the history of European intellectual life. Celebrated as a liberator by some, maligned as a pernicious influence by others, he was the subject of controversy during his lifetime, pursuing a hedonistic individualism and espousing concepts such as the Superman and the Will to Power until he died after a decade of institutionalized insanity. In this groundbreaking biography, Joachim Kohler seeks for the first time to understand Nietzsche's philosophy through a reconstruction of his inner life. In a revealing reinterpretation of his letters, diaries, and writings, Kohler shows that Nietzsche's suppressed homosexuality, generating a hatred of Christianity and conventional morality, was a central influence on his work. Further, Kohler argues, his philosophical position was fundamentally compromised by the concealment of his forbidden sexual desire. Throughout his life, the unhappy genius was also plagued by horrible nightmares, stemming from his much-loved father's death, which led to a profoundly disturbed conscience and an intense loathing of metaphysics. Seeking to disguise the truth of his innermost torments, Nietzsche contrived the persona of Zarathustra. The story of the great Persian philosopher, contends Kohler, reveals Nietzsche's own suppression and dionysiac liberation, and presents the culmination of his secret yearnings in the new myth of the Superman who, in his naked beauty, resembled the gods of classical Greece.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300092783
(234mm x 164mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joachim Kohler
Richard Wagner, Hardback (October 2004)
This major new biography of Richard Wagner is iconoclastic, astringent and bold. It explores the philosophical roots of Wagner's work, which the composer himself deliberately obfuscated. Kohler draws on social and political analysis, documentary interpretation and psychological insights in his portrait of Wagner.
Wagner's Hitler, Paperback (August 2001)View all books by Joachim Kohler
* A controversial new examination of the relationship between Wagner and Hitler* Traces Wagner's influence on Hitler from his youth to his dictatorship* Has generated a great deal of debate in Germany and is sure to do so in the English-speaking world. .
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Author Biography - Joachim Kohler
Joachim Kohler is a leading German writer, journalist, and former publisher. His previous books on Nietzsche have been translated into eleven languages. Ronald Taylor is the author of Berlin and Its Culture, published by Yale University Press.
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