Nietzsche's Kisses

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FC2, 2006 - Fiction - 244 pages
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Nietzsche's Kisses is the story of Friedrich Nietzsche's last mad night on earth. Locked in a small room on the top floor of a house in Weimar, the most radical and influential of nineteenth-century German philosophers hovers between dream and wakefulness, memory and hallucination, the first person, second, and third, past and present, reliving his brief love affair with feminist Lou Salome, his stormy association with Richard Wagner, and his conflicted relationship with Lisbeth, his radibly anti-Semitic sister. Here is an authoritative portrait of the Nietzsche we know and the Nietzsche we don't. His titantic ego, suppressed, squelched, and sealed up within him, all but unknown to his acquaintances, creates a maniacal and raging giant inside his own skull that is mysterious and unnerving. Both stylistically and formally innovative, the prose in Nietzsche's Kisses is surprising and rich. The result is a vivid, complex experience of Nietzsche's final hours.


 

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Lance Olsen’s take on Neitzsche’s final moments is a surreal, touching blend of history and fiction. Based largely on Olsen’s expertise in the famous philosopher’s writings, the vivid accounts of ... Read full review

Nietzsche's Kisses: A Novel

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Olsen (Girl Imagined by Chance ) writes highly imaginative works of what he calls "postmodern fantasy";Nietzsche's Kisses varies from his earlier novels in that it is set in the past rather than the ... Read full review

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Section 2
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Section 3
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Lance Olsen is the author of eighteen books of and about innovative fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, including Fiction International, Iowa Review, Village Voice, Time Out, BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Best American Non-Required Reading. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. A 2006 NEA Fellowship recipient, he lives with his wife, assemblage-artist Andi Olsen, somatically in the mountains of central Idaho and digitally at www.lanceolsen.com

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