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Conversations with Nietzsche: A Life in the Words of His Contemporaries

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Nietzsche's friend, the philosopher Paul Ree, once said that Nietzsche was more important for his letters than for his books, and even more important for his conversations than for his letters. In Conversations with Nietzsche, Sander Gilman and David Parent present a fascinating selection of eighty-seven memoirs, anecdotes, and informal recollections by friends and acquain ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 1987)
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Philippe
Jan 26, 2016 Philippe rated it it was amazing
This is a delightful collection of first person testimonials of meetings with Nietzsche. To be sure, none of these were written synchronously with the events they describe. The time interval between the encounters and the written record is in some cases more than fifty years. Despite their reminiscential character the reports very often come across as lively and fresh.

The testimonials were promoted by the growing reception of Nietzsche and one must assume that consciously or unconsciously they
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Yahia Lababidi
May 17, 2012 Yahia Lababidi rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary... This brings us closer to the spirit of the man, past the shifting masks and conflicting ideas, than so much else. A revelation!
Richard
May 26, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
Nietzsche will never seem quite the same now that I know he read Mark Twain.
Simon
Nov 09, 2012 Simon rated it it was amazing
Perspectivism at its ironic best as a host of Nietzsche friends, confidantes and family members offer their views - from his early childhood in the 1840s to his eventual death in Weimar in 1900...

Paul Deussen, Nietzsche's close friend at the University of Bonn, recounts the infamous Cologne brothel incident of 1865 which Thomas Mann would make famous in his 'Doktor Faustus'... after asking to be taken to a restaurant, Nietzsche's guide led him to the place:

"I found myself surrounded by a half-d
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Edward
Jun 02, 2010 Edward rated it really liked it
Nietszche becomes, in his own words, "human all to human", in this book. Their are good insights into his philosophy as well. The book also debunks the myth that Nietszche was an anti-Semite promoted by his sister, who did more to damage the reception and interpretation of his philosophy than any other through her misleading and selective editing of his works.
Andrzej
Jul 05, 2010 Andrzej rated it really liked it
Scholarly look at FN by his friends and colleagues. It's especially interesting to note how an early version of celebrity resulted in the same privacy issues faced by today's celebrities - paparazzi, trespassers, thieves, and the like.
Charles Kingsley
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Has some information I have not found in any other books on Nietzsche.
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