Nietzsche: Attempt at a Mythology by Ernst Bertram

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First released in 1918, Ernst Bertram's Nietzsche: try out at a Mythology considerably formed clone of Nietzsche for the iteration among the wars. It gained the Nietzsche Society's first prize and was once trendy through luminous contemporaries together with André Gide, Hermann Hesse, Gottfried Benn, and Thomas Mann. even though translated into French in 1932, the booklet was once by no means translated into English following the decline of Nietzsche's and Bertram's reputations after 1945. Now, with Nietzsche's value for twentieth-century idea undisputed, the paintings by way of one in all his so much influential interpreters can finally be learn in English.

Employing a perspectival procedure encouraged via Nietzsche himself, Bertram constructs a densely layered portrait of the philosopher that exhibits him riven by means of deep and eventually irresolvable cultural, old, and mental conflicts. right now lyrical and extremely probing, richly complicated but thematically coherent, Bertram's publication is a masterpiece in a forgotten culture of highbrow biography.

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Nietzsche: Attempt at a Mythology

First released in 1918, Ernst Bertram's Nietzsche: test at a Mythology considerably formed just like Nietzsche for the new release among the wars. It gained the Nietzsche Society's first prize and was once popular by way of luminous contemporaries together with André Gide, Hermann Hesse, Gottfried Benn, and Thomas Mann.

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His praise of Heine), his wishful relationship to Goethe, from whom he had as much as I have from Hercules. Also the mythical element, his deliberate journey to the cross. 65 Here Mann loyally rose to the defense of his old friend, now disgraced and ostracized, and who had borne the brunt of Kaufmann’s censure. “Bertram is criticized too harshly,” Mann told Kaufmann. ”66 Perhaps that, in the end, is how Bertram’s book should be understood, and its resurrection almost ninety years later justified: as nothing more, but also as nothing less, than a work of art.

16 The eternal store of great deeds and immortal words is gradually lavished on fewer and fewer. Humanity’s memory is ungrateful, but where it does give thanks, it gives profusely, and robs all smaller altars of the past in order to decorate its greatest monuments. Plato and Alexander, St. Francis and Dante, Leonardo, Rembrandt, and Goethe have in this way been transformed from powerful individuals into independent worlds. All of the lesser kings achieved their victories only for the renown of the greatest ones; and it was only for the glory of the greatest poets that the minor ones toiled.

He spent the remainder of his days writing poetry and entertaining the few guests that made their way to his apartment in CologneMarienburg. When he died in 1957, the once celebrated professor, whose name would forever be associated with the philosopher most people in Germany then wanted simply to forget, was quietly laid to rest. In one of the few obituaries that were published, it was noted with a mixture of relief and satisfaction that Bertram “will appear to many as the last German,”62 or at any rate as the last of a particular German type.

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