Nietzsche : attempt at a mythology by Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Norton, Robert Edward;

By Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm; Norton, Robert Edward; Bertram, Ernst; Nietzsche, Friedrich Wilhelm

First released in 1918, Ernst Bertram's Nietzsche: test at a Mythology considerably formed clone of Nietzsche for the iteration among the wars. It received the Nietzsche Society's first prize and was once sought after by means of luminous contemporaries together with André Gide, Hermann Hesse, Gottfried Benn, and Thomas Mann. even if translated into French in 1932, the ebook used to be by no means translated into English following the decline of Nietzsche's and Bertram's reputations after 1945. Now, with Nietzsche's significance for twentieth-century notion undisputed, the paintings via certainly one of his such a lot influential interpreters can ultimately be learn in English.

Employing a perspectival method encouraged by means of Nietzsche himself, Bertram constructs a densely layered portrait of the philosopher that exhibits him riven by way of deep and finally irresolvable cultural, ancient, and mental conflicts. right away lyrical and extremely probing, richly advanced but thematically coherent, Bertram's booklet is a masterpiece in a forgotten culture of highbrow biography.

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It may be that we see Nietzsche the same way St. Gotthard was viewed until the nineteenth century: it was always included among the highest elevations on the continent because it was believed that a summit in which the mightiest mountain ranges of the Alps meet and from which rivers run down into the four corners of the earth must also necessarily be one of its highest peaks. We may be making such a perspectival error today as well in our estimation of Nietzsche, whose name embraces the mightiest intellectual upheavals of his century—and of more than his century—and who sent down emanations of his being, which gravitated toward both the north and south, into all four corners of educated Europe.

69 My own goal was to be as accurate as possible, of course, and to preserve as much as I could of Bertram’s distinctive rhythm and tone, while also making the book as readable and, ideally, as enjoyable, even exciting, as the original often is. The following comments may give some impression of the challenges faced in fitting Bertram’s lyrical prose in a more pedestrian, yet I hope serviceable, garb. Many of Bertram’s central categories for understanding Nietzsche are, symptomatically, basically untranslatable, but of extraordinary significance not just for his book but also for the entire cultural and political context in which he wrote it and in which it was understood.

But its initial metamorphic forms are already behind it: the stages of unconditional idolization, fanatical hatred, faddishness, as well as contempt are all behind us. Certain traits that were entirely foreign to the image of Nietzsche in the 1890s are becoming increasingly more apparent to us. Other traits are rapidly fading. His countenance sometimes shimmers uncertainly in a transitional light. What we see today or believe we see is already something other than what that first generation, in ecstatic dismay, imagined it saw in the visionary of the overman and in the glorifier of the blond beast.

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