Synopses & Reviews
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
"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
"In this fascinating 'intimate biography' . . . Chamberlain discovers that the philosopher of the Ubermensch was actually Human."--The New Yorker
About the Author
Lesley Chamberlain studied German and Russian at Exeter and Oxford, and speaks five languages. She has worked as a journalist in Moscow and has published books in the United Kingdom on food, travel, communism, and philosophy. She is a regular contributor on literature in The Times and The Times Literary Supplement (both of London).