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I AM DYNAMITE!

Sue Prideaux

  • Original Title: I AM DYNAMITE!
  • Publication date: October 2018
  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Country: GB
  • 464 print pages
  • Biopics

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century
  • Location setting: Germany
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Fanaticism, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Commitment, LOVE / HATE, Amorous urge

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Friedrich Nietzsche's work blasted the foundation of western thinking. The death of God, the Übermensch and the slave morality permeate our culture, high and low, and yet he is one of history’s most misunderstood philosophers. This is a biography for anyone seeking to understand him.

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Sue Prideaux is an English novelist, historian and biographer. She won the James Tate Black Award and her STRINDBERG was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Sheridan Morley Prize and won the Duff Cooper Prize.

Summary

I am not a man, I am dynamite!
God is dead!
Become who you are.
What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.
Possession usually diminishes the possession.
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.
Never trust a thought that occurs to you indoors.
To give birth to a dancing star one must first have chaos within.
There are no facts, only interpretations.

Friedrich Nietzsche's work blasted the foundation of western thinking. The death of God, the Übermensch and the slave morality permeate our culture, high and low, and yet he is one of history’s most misunderstood philosophers. Nietzsche himself thought that all philosophy was autobiographical and in this myth-shattering book, Sue Prideaux brings readers into the world of a brilliant, eccentric and deeply troubled man, illuminating the events and people that shaped his life and work. From his placid, devoutly Christian upbringing, overshadowed by the mysterious death of his father, through his lonely philosophising on high mountains, to the horror and pathos of his final descent into madness, Prideaux explores Nietzsche’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual life with insight and sensitivity. The book is studded with portraits of the people who were most important to him, including Richard and Cosima Wagner, Lou Salomé - the femme fatale who broke his heart - and his rabidly nationalist and anti-Semitic sister Elisabeth, who betrayed him by manipulating his texts and putting them to infinite misuse at the hands of the Nazis.

Today, Nietzsche’s ideas continue to be adopted by both the left and the right. I AM DYNAMITE! is a biography for anyone seeking to understand the philosopher who foresaw - and sought solutions to - our own troubled times.

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  • Author’s biography

    Sue Prideaux is an English novelist, historian and biographer. She was born in England but baptized in Norway. Her life has zigzagged between the two countries ever since. Her godmother was painted by Munch and her family were his neighbours and supporters. She completed her education and training as an art historian in Florence, Paris and London. Her books include EDVARD MUNCH: Behind the Scream and STRINDBERG, A Life. She won the James Tate Black Award and STRINDBERG was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Sheridan Morley Prize and won the Duff Cooper Prize.