NON-FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH
I Am Dynamite! by Sue Prideaux
Sue Prideaux’s illuminating new biography of Nietzsche, I Am Dynamite! invites the reader into the world of a brilliant, eccentric and deeply troubled man and explodes the myths around his life and work.
From his placid, devoutly Christian upbringing, overshadowed by the mysterious death of his father, through his lonely philosophising on high mountains, to the horror and pathos of his final descent into madness, Prideaux explores Nietzsche’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual life with insight and sensitivity.
The book is studded with unforgettable portraits of the people who were most important to him, including Richard and Cosima Wagner, Lou Salome – the femme fatale who broke his heart – and his rabidly nationalist and anti-Semitic sister Elizabeth, who betrayed him by manipulating his texts and putting them to infinite misuse at the hands of the Nazis. Today, Nietzsche’s ideas continue to be adopted by both the left and the right.