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In late 1888, only weeks before his final collapse into madness, Nietzsche (1844-1900) set out to compose his autobiography, and Ecce Homo remains one of the most intriguing yet bizarre examples of the genre ever written. In this extraordinary work Nietzsche traces his life, work and development as a philosopher, examines the heroes he has identified with, struggled agains ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 144 pages
Published 1992 by Penguin (first published 1888)
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Glenn Russell
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing


For whom am I writing this review? If Nietzsche were by my side I suspect he would want me to start with the following quote from Ecce Homo: "To you, the bold venturers and adventurers, and whoever has embarked with cunning sails upon dreadful seas, to you who are intoxicated with riddles, who take pleasure in twilight, whose soul is lured with flutes to every treacherous abyss." If you are, in fact, intoxicated with riddles, take pleasure in twilight, and your soul is lured with flutes to every
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Gaurav
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not really like a traditional autobiography yet very intriguing; the book is satirical.

Nietzsche's belief in his own greatness lies in the fact that he has understood the condition of human race unlike any other.

Traits of existentialist nihilism could be found in the book as Nietzsche believes that there in no inherent meaning in one's life, rather one's compelled to invent meaning of one's life and then live life accordingly !!!
Chris_P
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was once asked, if I could meet and have a conversation with one writer/poet/philosopher of any era, dead or alive, whom would I choose? The answer was and always has been Nietzsche. I would sit down and have a hell of a talk with the guy, although, I'm sure, we would end up with our hands on each other's necks.

I remember the first time I read something of his, it was Antichrist, 10-odd years ago and my mind was blown. Thus Spoke Zarathustra is perhaps my favorite book ever and I go back to it
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Erik Graff
Oct 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: would-be overmen and women
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: philosophy
I was a very serious student during the last two years at Grinnell College. Senior year had a pattern of working in the library all day, going to the work-study job at its Pub Club at night, heading back to the Vegetarian Coop after cleaning up the bar to study in until too weary to continue. It was then that I seriously read Goethe's Faust, most of Nietzsche and, of course, a lot of C.G. Jung, particularly his alchemical writings.

Until the very end of senior year I had no girlfriend. Indeed, I
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Steve
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) began the composition of this most unusual book on his 44th birthday, October 15, 1888, the last birthday before he believed himself to be the King of Italy, then Napoleon, then God, ultimately sliding into the final catatonic phase in which he passed the remaining 11 years of "life". Ecce Homo (Behold the Man), his last book, has as subtitle Wie man wird, was man ist (How one becomes what one is). It is a final summary of the significance of Nietzsche the prophet ...more
Luís C.
Ecce Homo, a short philosophical autobiography easy to read, throws a raw light on Nietzsche's work, that emanating from an acute awareness of imminent madness held in reverence by an impressive megalomaniac power... This does not alter the intellectual quality of the work, in which the author recounts the genesis of his texts, but especially the way it is perceived. Even if it is never said clearly, we can guess a certain lucidity about its limits which allows the thinker to transcend not self ...more
Philippe
Nietzsche struck me like a bolt from the blue in my transition to adulthood. There was one darkly heroic phrase from The Birth of Tragedy that stuck: ein Pessimismus der Stärke, a pessimism that springs from power. Now that I’m rediscovering Nietzsche this dichotomy has lost nothing of its relevance. And I admire, no I love this man for having been able to keep these opposing forces in balance, at least for a while. In my younger years I didn’t read Ecce Homo, partly because the book has such a ...more
رؤیا
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
It is certainly hard to review the last book of the greatest man ever lived. Ecce Homo, is Nietzsche’s interpretation of his works shortly before his madness. The book has divided into 15 small chapters with stunning names starting with ‘why I am so wise’ and ending with ‘why I am a Destiny’. There is no doubt in Nietzsche’s greatness; however, he could be viewed as arrogant and self-centered by some readers who are not realized that all he did was to emphasize in his extraordinary finding of Hu ...more
Trevor
I can't pretend to like Nietzsche. I know it is trendy to see him as not nearly as reactionary or as right-wing as he might have been considered in the past when he was viewed as one of the philosophical ancestors of the Nazis, and it is true that is unfair - but all the same, he is pretty reactionary.

I could never read his stuff as if it was just about psychology, I could not avoid the 'most men are sheep and need to be lead' ideas and see these as a call for the superman to have the will to po
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John
Sep 13, 2009 rated it it was ok
Well this is one of those difficult books to review. Nietzche's extensive influence on contemporary thought is certainly without question. This book is itself quite a funny read on its satirical level. However, it exaggerates for effect Nietzsche's belief in his own greatness, so while it may be technically overstated in the book, Nietzsche believes the underlying point: that he has understood the misdirection of the human race unlike any who have ever been created. Where 2000 years of human bei ...more
Lukas
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok
Oh Nietzsche... how arrogant you are, how little you think of everyone but you. How bad the world is to you. You are such a cynic. I understand that you are bitter due to having been sick and weak most of your life and that you had visions due to migraine. At times it is very entertaining to read how you bash everyone (especially Germans and Christians) but then again it's annoying as it repeats itself over and over and over and over again.
Ginger
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Let's play a Nietzsche drinking* game, shall we? Every time Nietzsche says something unbelievably pompous, take a drink.

Actually, better just play this with water or juice or something or else you're going to be drunk off your bottom.

It's almost comical how highly Nietzsche thinks of himself, but I actually respect him for it. As an atheist and an existentialist, he was the highest form in his world. In fact, I don't understand why more atheists don't take the lack of an objective moral standard
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Thrasymachus
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy, owned
His funniest book by far, and an informative retrospective on his past works. Sad what became of him.
Pinkyivan
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosphy
Comedy gold. It's what I imagine Elliot Rodger wrote like.
Aung Sett Kyaw Min
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This is the first real book by FN that I've actually managed to finish in one go.
As far as philosophical substance is concerned, I don't feel like FN has a lot to offer except for excessive vitalism in a dionysian mode as an antidode to "idealism" (truth, god, justice, morality, etc), all the vehicles of decadence. Otherwise, it is a collection of pithy meditations on the views expressed in his major works. Obviously, Zarathustra, the untimely prophet, seems to hold a special place in his art,
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Michael
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Because he was mad, because he was brilliant, because he was on the very brink of complete collapse, because he was Nietzsche–grand and provocative–it is difficult, if even possible, to know what the author was up to in this book. Many things probably. Supposedly an autobiography, Ecce Homo is certainly a rich and incomplete psychological portrait. Perhaps just as Michael Tanner says of the subtitle, ‘How One Becomes What One Is’, in the introduction: “one needs to read the whole book to see wha ...more
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nietzsche loves to mock his reader. This short book is better than any lecture you'll ever hear about Nietzsche, and it is in Nietzsche's own clearly written prose with his frustration at the world that just won't nibble at "the bait provided because it's not the bait it's the fish that just can't understand it as such". As Kierkegaard said "irony is jealous of authenticity", and Nietzsche just loves showing the paradoxes that make us human. He loves us so much. He must mock us.

Post modernism s
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Catarina Martins Caeiro
Since, sooner or later, one has to approach one of the most difficult tasks that has ever been asked of mankind, I thought Nietzsche could at least indulge us in telling how it went for him. It's the most ordinary thing, really - when a child hears of a certain subject for the first time he wishes to know how his parents handled it, and if their strategy was successful. And I think Nietzsche would have been an excellent father.
However, this is not that kind of autobiography. Reading it, one can
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ATJG
Jan 18, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017
There is something refreshing in Nietzsche's writings, and I believe it may be the man himself, his lingering specter. Nietzsche is hauntingly present in every phrase, in every word, as if--crazy though this sounds to say--like Whitman he wants to hold your hand when you read him. I say that in spite of all his sharp edges and all his aggressive posturing. In the space between the words maybe, a melancholy care bleeds through, years be damned. It makes for fascinating reading.

Ecce Homo was produ
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Matthew W
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nietzsche's "autobiography" may not be the most honest book of its kind, but it certainly offers some insights into the "German"(who was obsessed with his assumed partial Polish ancestry) philosopher's dubious psyche. "Ecce Homo" manages to condense all of Nietzsche's pathological philosophical obsessions into a work not much longer than 100 pages. After all, Friedrich needed to summarize his whole career before he went insane to prove that there was an actual life behind his writings. But as Ni ...more
Tom
Dec 02, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, classics
"Ecce Homo" is Friedrich Nietzsche's autobiography.

Ostensibly.

There's not much autobiographical information in there, though. Just that he was born in Poland to parents with long Polish bloodlines. (He wasn't born in Poland.) That's about it for simple biographical information. The rest was a never-ending love letter from Nietzsche to Nietzsche.

It's not nice to laugh at people, but I couldn't help myself. By the time Nietzsche got around to his autobiography, he was batshit crazy, just heaping
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Esraa
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
No one can “hear” more out of things, books included, than he already knows.

Two quotes for me to keep in mind :

"The concepts
“other world,” “true world” invented in order to devalue the only world
there is — in order to leave no goal, no reason, no task remaining for
our earthly reality! The concepts “soul,” “spirit,” at last even “immortal
soul” invented in order to despise the body, in order to make it sick —
“holy” — in order to display a horrible levity toward all those things
which deserve to b
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Trav Rockwell
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I haven't read anything by Nietzsche so I thought I'd start with Ecco homo to give me a little insight into the man himself. This was written shortly before Nietzsche decline into schizophrenia. Ecco homo tells it as it is from the great philosophical mind of Nietzsche. An interesting look at life and the way of man. Nietzsche is highly opinionated and aggressively confident in everything he says. A man way ahead of his time and is as relevant today as it was then. This book is like a backstage ...more
Alejandro Saint-Barthélemy
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I hate what the cover of the Penguin edition (a self-portrait by Egon Schiele) subcommunicates —Nietzsche as mentally deranged.
The difference between a self-important average joe and a self-absorded genius cannot be overlooked.
That said, when Nietzsche calls himself the best poet ever he does sound like a crazy clown.
Domhnall
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
S4: Suppose I had published my Zarathustra under another name - for example, that of Richard Wagner - the acuteness of two thousand years would not have been enough for anyone to guess that the author of Human All Too Human is the visionary of Zarathustra

S5: Scholars spend all their energies on saying Yes or No, on criticism of what others have thought - they themselves no longer think.

S5 Early in the morning, when day breaks, when all is fresh, in the dawn of one’s strength - to read a book a
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Ellen Lee
This was a wild ride except not really... it was quite a boring ride but wild because i had no idea what he was talking about for most of it. it sounds like some weenie kid's rants in his diary after he's just been made fun of for getting the highest grades in class or something like that. there are some ideas in here that are pretty interesting but ecce homo was probably not the best of nietzsche's works to start with. anyway, happy new year everyone, remember that god and all your christian "e ...more
Ade Bailey
Another snip from OUP's summer sale (two quid), a great bedside companion for those on the brink of insanity (Nietzsche went over the edge a few weeks after completing it). With section headings such as 'Why I am So Clever' who could resist? Plus, of course, his own commentary on his great books (preceded by a section, 'Why I Write Such Good Books'.

It's sort of sad but gentle too, the second half slowing down some and almost undercutting the usual poetic at times. Well worth a dip now and then.
Plaidlad
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Nietzsche is a life changing author.
His writing is of mind altering substance.
I can't explain to you very much in this small space, you need to read it for yourself, I promise.

I am writing almost the same thing about every book this man has ever written.

Read or die.
Giorgi
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps no aspect of reading is more ambiguous and more puzzling than this case i call it nietzsche's paradox when one accurately i can love he despite that i don't love it
Gustavo
Oct 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Atheists
Recommended to Gustavo by: my mother in law
This book shows how Nietzsche is mentally disturbed. It is true that in the midst of his delusions he can speak some truths, but the book is horrible.
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century who challenged the foundations of Christianity and traditional morality. He was interested in the enhancement of individual and cultural health, and believed in life, creativity, power, and the realities of the world we live in, rather than those situated in a world beyond. Central to his philosophy is the idea of “life- ...more
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“I know my fate. One day my name will be associated with the memory of something tremendous — a crisis without equal on earth, the most profound collision of conscience, a decision that was conjured up against everything that had been believed, demanded, hallowed so far. I am no man, I am dynamite.” 182 likes
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