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Nietzsche in Turin: An Intimate Biography

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  116 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
An accessible and moving biography of Friedrich Nietzsche's life in Turin, Italy, during 1888--the last year before his famous nervous breakdown--when he wrote three of his most influential works. "An excellent primer . . . entertaining and meticulously researched . . . a precise portrait of one of the stranger European cities".--Ian Thomson, "The Independent on Sunday".
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Picador USA (first published August 1st 1997)
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Jan 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theory
We might take a mental snapshot of him now, as a brilliant wanderer in search of passing princely patronage, somehow strayed into the modern world.

Nietzsche in Turin is a dreary muck. A spectacular mess would have been at least engaging, if only because of the ambition displayed. Not so, here. This effort, however, became gradually immobilized by authorial self-regard and our poor Fritz was left commiserating with the nag on the Turin street. Chamberlain documents Nietzsche's time in Turin befor
Jim Coughenour
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loves Nietzsche
Another book purchased and started years ago (in this case, March 1995), long buried at the back of my shelves. I disinterred it over Christmas and began again. Last year I read (or re-read) Untimely Meditations; Beyond Good and Evil and Thus Spake Zarathustra - so this time around, the book was more accessible.

Chamberlain picks up the story at the beginning of 1888, the last year of Nietzsche's sanity, during which he wrote three short impassioned books: Twilight of the Idols; The Antichrist an
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, biography
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 now place the philosophy of this famous existentialist into better context.

Chamberlain is an engaging writer and is dealing with a complex subject. Nietzsche was clearly a genius, but ended up a madman and at times it can be difficult to separate the two. It was in Turin that he enjoyed the last of h
William West
Well written, enjoyable account of Nietzsche's last days. Paints a very endearing portrait of its subject.
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best biographies of Nietzsche I have ever read!
Brent McCulley
Dec 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: biography, philosophy
The Pros:
Chamberlain does a good job at being fair to Nietzsche in his historical context; this includes, but is not exclusive to, Nietzsche's views towards woman, imperialism, fascism, etc. Anything, quite frankly, on Nietzsche is going to peak my interest.

The Cons:
Chamberlain is a little disingenuous to call this a biography, in especially an "intimate biography" when, in fact, we learned more about Chamberlain herself than we did about Nietzsche. To be sure, no excitingly new insights or sub
Dirk Dierickx
Nov 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kan dit boek echt niet aanraden, het heeft mij weinig meer inzicht gegeven in het laatste levensjaar van Nietzsche. Verduidelijking in zijn werken heb ik ook niet gekregen, daar ik Nietzsche wel ken, maar de auteur gaat echter uit van een diepere kennis dan de gemiddelde man heeft over de persoon en zijn werk. Tenslotte zou je denken dat boeken zoals deze hier meer inzicht zouden in verschaffen. Meermalen had ik meer de indruk een eindwerk student filosofie te lezen dan een biografisch boek.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
I think I was expecting this book to only cover what the last two chapters covered. That would have been a short book, so I'm glad there was more to it, but I often found myself wanting to skip to the end of the book.
I really appreciated Chamberlain's tone--her willingness to treat Nietzsche as a friend allowed the man to shine in all his genius and tragedy. I feel that I've come away with a nuanced understanding of what kind of person Nietzsche was.
Benjamin Crawford
Aug 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Starry-Eyed Nietzsche acolytes
Shelves: have-read
When I was a collegiate English major, I discovered Nietzsche. He seemed to be the drug of choice among the "cool" people I encountered, who impressed me with their cynicism, and so I signed up for a course featuring Fritz and his prose stylings.

The book, itself, I enjoyed; it was written in a way that was cogent and somehow familiar, as if the author were writing about someone she knew, cared about, and perhaps somewhat pitied, or with whom she empathized.
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book at least 100 pages. I thought it was going to be about Nietzsche's time in Turin but the author went on a much too long tangent about Nietzsche and Wagner's relationship. I wound up not finishing this book either.
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.
Karen Renee Collins
I'm not really sure about this book yet... I read it for the 0.5 hour before bellydance every week. Stay tuned.
Fernando Jimenez
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es tanto una biografía de los últimos meses de lucidez, nunca mejor dicho, del filósofo, sino un análisis de su obra a la luz de su personalidad. Muy interesante.
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