Nietzsche in Turin: An Intimate Biography

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During 1888 in Turin, Italy, Nietzsche wrote three of his most important works--Ecce Homo, Twilight of the Idols, and The Antichrist. In this accessible, moving biography, Lesley Chamberlain examines with passion and insight the mind of a genius at its creative pinnacle. In her account, Freidrich Nietzsche emerges as a gentle, tortured man, dominated by his rigorous mind and his love of music, and soothed by the strangely otherworldly city of Turin

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British journalist Lesley Chamberlain chronicles the extraordinary year, 1888, during which the expatriate German philosopher wrote three of his greatest works: Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist, and Ecce Homo. More fundamentally, Chamberlain reclaims Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) from cliché, replacing the misogynist, protofascist madman of myth with a vulnerable human being--proud, lonely, an avid walker and eater--who questioned all received wisdom in his effort to give men and women their freedom. Chamberlain's elegant text is passionately personal, buttressed by careful scholarship. She succeeds admirably in her goal "to befriend Nietzsche."

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"Original and enlightening...In prose that is complex, free associative and richly allusive, [Chamberlain] seeks to plumb Nietzsche's mind." --Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

"Elegant and sympathetic...[Nietzsche] emerges as a kind, awkward man with an immense, unsatisfied hunger for love." --Alain de Botton, Los Angeles Times Book Review

"[An] excellent account of Nietzsche's last days...[Chamberlain] succeeds to a surprising degree in communicating a sense of the man and the thinker, in all his strangeness." --John Banville, The New York Review of Books

"[A] moving account...[Chamberlain] restores a human face to the maligned philosopher....She is an acute literary and psychological interpreter of Nietzsche's work." --Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"In this fascinating 'intimate biography'...Chamberlain discovers that the philosopher of the Ubermensch was actually Human." --The New Yorker

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