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Letters to His Wife: 1915-1970

Martin Heidegger

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ISBN 10: 0745641350 / ISBN 13: 9780745641355
Published by United Kingdom: Polity Pr, 2008
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Title: Letters to His Wife: 1915-1970

Publisher: United Kingdom: Polity Pr

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition.

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'There is something absolute about the letters between you &me; ... The letter is a form of communion of the soul-spirit– ... one that is faded & yet unimpeded,complete’, wrote Martin Heidegger to his fiancée ElfridePetri shortly before their wedding. In the course of a marriagethat lasted almost sixty years Martin and Elfride were often apart,and the letter thus remained a vital means of communication rightthrough to the final years.

The letters he sent her are snapshots of the ups and downs, thecrises and everyday minutiae from Heidegger’s life: theirengagement, the building of the Cabin at Todtnauberg, the part heplayed in the two world wars, the difficulties of his earlyprofessional career, their financial problems, his dealings withwomen, and his constant concern with expounding his ideas.

Apart from three letters now in the hands of the GermanLiterature Archive in Marbach, Elfride Heidegger kept all of thecountless letters and cards from her husband locked away in awooden chest. After reading them one final time, in 1977 she gavethe key to this chest to her granddaughter Gertrud Heidegger oncondition that she should not open it until after Elfride’sdeath. After years spent deciphering, transcribing and ordering theletters with the help of her father and her uncle, GertrudHeidegger has here made a selection of them available to the publicand added a commentary that provides relevant backgroundmaterial.

This selection from the many letters written by Martin Heideggerto his wife provides an invaluable insight into their lifetogether, their friendships and relationships, and sheds freshlight on the ideas and beliefs of one of the twentiethcentury’s greatest philosophers.

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Martin Heidegger

Translated by Rupert Glasgow

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