Nietzsche in Turin: An Intimate Biography

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Macmillan, Dec 15, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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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. As she recounts the dramatic births of those books, Chamberlain paints a portrait of the majestic baroque city in which Nietzsche spent the last sane year of his life before his famous mental breakdown damaged him permanently. Nietzsche in Turin is both a remarkable book of travel literature and a unique biography of one of our most celebrated, though often misunderstood, thinkers. In Chamberlain's account, Friedrich 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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User Review  - G0thamite - Goodreads

Some interesting tidbits of Nietzsche's life in the first chapter or two. After that, it all turns to psychoanalyzing his music, sexuality, art and philosophy based on (IMHO) on very thin historical ice. Read full review

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User Review  - Nathan - Goodreads

I purchased this book prior to a trip to Italy. I had read a lot of Nietzsche's writings in college, but hadn't read that much about the man himself. I found the book to be very enlightening and can ... Read full review


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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).

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