The Good European: Nietzsche's Work Sites in Word and Image

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Through photographs and translations of Friedrich Nietzsche's evocative writings on his work sites, David Farrell Krell and Donald L. Bates explore the cities and landscapes in which Nietzsche lived and worked.

"A brilliant juxtaposition of life and thought. . . . The sympathy of this pictorial biography is rivaled by few books on Nietzsche."—Charles M. Stang, Boston Book Review

"[A] distinguished addition to the Nietzsche-friendly corpus."—Alain de Botton, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"An odd and oddly endearing record of Nietzsche's travels."—John Banville, New York Review of Books

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In The Good European, David Farrell Krell and Donald L. Bates explore for the first time - and with uncommon insight - Nietzsche's Epicurean appreciation of the beautiful cities and magnificent landscapes in which he lived and worked. Bringing to bear their own individual talents and training in philosophy and photography, the authors gradually immerse us in Nietzsche's aesthetic world. From Saxony to the Swiss Alps, from the Riviera to the Dolomites of Recoaro, Krell and Bates skillfully guide us, in word and image, through the course of Nietzsche's philosophical thought and continental wanderings, and along his often painful path from genius to madness. Krell's masterful translations of the thinker's most evocative writings on his work sites - many appearing here for the first time in English - merge seamlessly with Bates's penetrating photographic essays. We are, in essence, invited to share with Nietzsche, through his voice and vision, his own experience of these extraordinary sites.

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``For even if I should be a bad German,'' the peripatetic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote to his mother in 1886, ``I am at all events a very good European.'' This heavily illustrated volume marshals considerable evidence to demonstrate just how accurate that statement was: For much of his life, Nietzsche wandered restlessly around Europe, preferring to keep his distance from a Germany he found suffocatingly oppressive and second-rate. But his wanderings were motivated by something more than flight. Philosopher Krell (DePaul Univ.) and photographer Bates argue persuasively that Nietzsche had a strong, persistent appetite for natural and man-made beauty, and that he sought out sites as different as the Alps and the Mediterranean to stimulate his creative powers. Relying heavily on excerpts from Nietzsche's letters, journals, and published works, and on the recollections of friends and colleagues, and on both period and contemporary photographs of everything from Nietzsche's various rooms and homes to street scenes in Nice, Genoa, and Turin (among the many places Nietzsche visited), the authors do make a convincing case for viewing Nietzsche as a true cosmopolitan and as a writer sensitive to a sense of place. But readers who don't have a special interest in the philosopher are likely to find this too narrow (and, at times, too much of a case of special pleading for a kinder, gentler Nietzsche) to be of use. -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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