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Nietzsche's Kisses: A Novel

Nietzsche's Kisses: A Novel (Paperback)

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Locked in a small room on the top floor of a house in Weimar, the most radical and influential of nineteenth-century German philosophers hovers between dream and wakefulness, memory and hallucination, the first person, second, and third, past and present, reliving his brief love affair with feminist Lou Salome, his stormy association with Richard Wagner's musical genius, and his conflicted relationship with Lisbeth, his rabidly anti-Semitic sister dedicated to assuring her brother's legacy by distorting his philosophy into a cult attractive to the rising proto- Nazi movement. Here is a portrait of the Nietzsches we know and the Nietzsches we don't, the one who killed off God, unmoored language from the things to which it refers, and invented the notions of the Ubermensch and Eternal Recurrence, as well as the one evincing a fragile and hyper-sensitive intensity that contrasts eerily with the celebration of strength and the disparagement of consciousness in his own writings.

His titanic ego, suppressed, squelched, and sealed up within him, all but unknown to his acquaintances, creates a maniacal and raging giant inside his own skull that is mysterious and unnerving, when it is not simply scary, sad, and haunting. Both stylistically and formally innovative, the prose in "Nietzsche's Kisses" is surprising and rich. The result is a vivid, complex experience of Nietzsche's criti-fictional imagination, internal dividedness, and existential alienation. Yet, for all its technical and philosophical play, this book never relinquishes its profound empathy for what it means to be human during our final hours.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismFiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945Fiction & PoetryShort stories Publisher: The University of Alabama Press Publication Date: 01/02/2006 ISBN-13: 9781573661270  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Lance Olsen is the author of eighteen books of and about innovative fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, including Fiction International, Iowa Review, Village Voice, Time Out, BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Best American Non-Required Reading. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist (Permeable Press, 1994) was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. He lives with his wife, assemblage-artist Andi Olsen, somatically in the mountains of central Idaho and digitally at www.cafezeitgeist.com.

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