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Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is; Revised Edition (Penguin Classics) Paperback – December 1, 1992
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"Saying 'Yes' to life," says Nietzsche, "is its strangest and hardest problem; the will to life rejoicing over its inexhaustibility even in the sacrifice of its highest types--that is what I call Dionysian, that is what I understood as the bridge to the psychology of the tragic poet." This Dionysian status, he goes on to say, is not gained through "thumbing through books," but by suffering through experience and rejoicing in the vitality of living.
Nietzsche also writes, "In questions of decadence I am experienced." In this he intimates his own experience of life denial through words and his imagery compares intellectual endeavors with physical conditions, e.g. digestion.
"The German spirit," he says, "is an indigestion: it does not finish with anything." Nietzsche uses the human stomach as a metaphor of the reification of the linguistic world. The stomach digests food by breaking it down into its component parts, readily recognizable to physiology but having little to do with the original product.
An orange, after all is not just vitamin C. Furthermore, says Nietzsche, what the body cannot use is rejected as waste product. When disorders of the stomach occur, the body cannot distinguish between waste and nutrient and consequently it churns endlessly, causing distress to the entire organism.Read more ›
The edition has a fully active table of contents. As a Kindle edition, its only drawback is that it does not have active notes, which the Kaufmann translation in "The Basic Works of Nietzdche" does have. On the other side of the coin, the Kaufmann edition is the ONLY Kindle volume I have ever encountered which does not allow you to copy passages. When, in scholarly work you wish to be scrupulous with your attestation of quotes, that is a big drawback. I also like the fact that in the shorter edition, things are just easier to find than in the huge "Basic Works".
"In late 1888, only four weeks before his final collapse into madness, Nietzsche (1844-1900) set out to trace his development as a tragic philosopher. He examines the heroes he has identified with, struggled against, and then overcome - Schopenhauer, Wagner, Christ - he predicts the cataclysmic impact of his forthcoming revaluation of all values, and he gives final, definitive expression to his main beliefs. Throughout he employs the range of exuberant but unsettling styles descibed in Michael Tanner's Introduction, 'the high spirits, the manic self-celebrations, the parodistic orgies', which blend with a far more elegiac voice in a way 'that is uniquely moving, especially when one knows that total and permanent breakdown was imminent.'"
Isn't this what we are looking for when we go to read an autbiography? Isn't this the spirit that those who choose to write their autobiographies are interested in? Nietzsche was definitley ahead of his time in this genre of prose...take a look at Martha Stewart and Oprah....
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paradoxical as it may seem, that you may well be a God-Soul, born in the hurt locker of your terrible life.
Life is indeed terrible. Read more
Ecce homo was a delightful look in to a man's mind that i find relatable far to easily. The curse of the logically minded poet, encapsulated by a world unwilling for words is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daniel Sparks
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As the layers of his "spirit-body" are stripped by illness, Nietzche experiences flashes of lightning, floods of tears, bursts of colour and involuntary spasms before the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Wandering Swan
the philosopher writes with wit and wisdom. it is refreshing to read words that are so vibrant that they leap off the page and strike you flush on the face. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Adam C. Dave