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When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
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When Nietzsche Wept (original 1992; edition 2005)

by Irvin D. Yalom

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When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom (1992)

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    Holderlin, Kleist, and Nietzsche: The Struggle With the Daemon by Stefan Zweig (Neurasthenio)
    Neurasthenio: Eine andere Form der Darstellung, aber in beiden Fällen ein Versuch, die Elemente der Persönlichkeit eines Denkers einfühlend zu erfassen.
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Yalom's fictional piece has arguably the greatest philosopher Nietzsche cross paths with the father's of psychoanalysis Josef Breuer & Sigmund Freud at a time when things are spiraling downwards for Nietzsche as he teeters on the borders of insanity , suicidal as he looks into the metaphorical “abyss” .

I was expecting mind-bending discourses on ontology , metaphysics et all ; however was left quite disappointed. For starters half way through the book still left waiting for the "clash of the titans"; also the book just lacks depth and most of it seems to be spouting Nietzsche excerpt's mixed in with psychotherapy sessions and rudimentary use of Freud's dream psychology ; anyways I got my refund from Amazon .Thanks Bezos ! ( )
  Vik.Ram | May 5, 2019 |
A fantastic novel! An imagined transactional relationship between Josef Breuer and Friedrich Nietzsche takes the reader on a journey of existential angst. As a psychotherapist myself, I found this story utterly believable. The author creates a story which is historically accurate in terms of the status of the field of psychology in 1882, and addresses the central existential kernel which is present for each of us. At times I had to stop and reflect on my own life choices, and I deeply appreciated the ability of the author to evoke that desire to reflect. Marvelous! ( )
  hemlokgang | Aug 11, 2017 |
This book was recommended to my by someone who had a career as a psychotherapist, and it's a fictional account of an encounter between Friedriche Nietzche, the philospher, and Josef Breuer, a physician is credited as one of the founders of psychology. Nietchze and Breuer lived and worked at the same time and although there is no evidence that they ever met, it may have happened. In this book they not only meet but have an intense meeting of the minds. Nietchze comes to Breuer for treatment of his intensely debilitating migraine headaches . Unknown to Nietche, Breuer had previously been approached by a woman with whom Nietchze had a disastrous love affair, who begged Breuer to take the case fearing Niecheze is going to commit suicide. Breuer agrees. Because Breuer knows about the love affair and the stress it has caused, he attempts to draw Nieetche out over the course of his medical examinations. Extremely reticent by nature, and too smart for this by half, Nietchze parries every effort Breuer makes to get him to reveal anything personal. Breuer himself is in the midst of a midlife crises and eventually he and Nietche reach an agreement in which Breuer treats Neitchze's physical symptons, and submits himself to Neitchze to treat his angst by applying his readical philosphies. The story is quite a page turner. The author, a psychologist himself, drew on a lot of factual information, including letters and diaries, to create this original book. ( )
  Eye_Gee | May 8, 2017 |
This book is so well written....many, many lovely sentences. And, bringing the philosopher Nietzsche and the doctor Josef Breuer together provided a great vehicle to portray their ideas. I read this for a book club, and there was so much to discuss!

That said, the plot is a bit contrived, and in any book which tells a fictional story about real people, it's hard to know what is true and what isn't. I found this frustrating at times, and was glad for the "afterward" section which set some of this out.

So, a mixed feeling overall...really enjoyed reading it, but upon finishing it, I am less satisfied. ( )
  LynnB | Jan 26, 2017 |
The film is worth seeing but the novel is an improvement and adds details not as artfully displayed nor as well communicated in the film version.
  gmicksmith | Sep 10, 2014 |
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Forlaget skriver om denne boka:

En hemmelig pakt inngås mellom en ung, forførende kvinne og en anerkjent lege. En enestående tenker bringes inn i en terapi han tror handler om å bli kvitt en hodepine. Men raskt vendes rollene om - legen blir pasient og pasienten terapeut.

Scenen er Wien i 1880-årene. Det er Friedrich Nietzsche, noen år senere berømt som en av Europas fremste filosofer, som møter Josef Breuer. Sigmund Freud, en ung medisiner, er Breuers betrodde elev. Lou Salomé, senere en kjent psykoanalytiker, er meget bekymret for sin venn Nietzsches helse. Sentralt i dramaet står Bertha, en ung kvinne som skal bli kjent som Anna O. i litteraturen. Elisabeth Nietzsche, historiens onde ånd, opptrer i en birolle.

Irvin D. Yalom har skrevet en intellektuell thriller om en terapi som ikke har funnet sted, men som viser psykoanalysens historiske drivkrefter og gir et troverdig og bevegende bilde av psykoterapiens vesen.
 

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Epigraph
A taluni, seppure personalmente inca-
paci di sciogliere le proprie catene, è
nondimeno dato affrancare gli amici.

Si deve essere pronti ad ardere nella
propria fiamma: com'è possibile rin-
novarsi senza prima essere divenuti cenere?
Così parlò Zarathustra
Some cannot loosen their own chains and can nonetheless redeem their friends. You must be ready to burn yourself in your own flame: how could you become new, if you had not first become ashes? -- Thus Spake Zarathustra
Dedication
Alla cerchia di amici che mi hanno
dato il loro sostegno negli anni:

Mort, Jay, Herb, David, Helen, John,
Mary, Saul, Cathy, Larry, Carol, Rollo,
Harvey, Ruthellen, Stina, Herant, Bea,
Marianne, Bob e Pat.

A mia sorella, Jean,
e alla mia migliore amica, Marilyn
To the circle of friends who have sustained me over the years: Mort, Jay, Herb, David, Helen, John, Mary, Saul, Cathy, Larry, Carol, Rollo, Harvey, Ruthellen, Stina, Herant, Bea, Marianne, Bob, Pat. To my sister Jean, and to my best friend, Marilyn.
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Le campane di San Salvatore irruppero nel sogno a occhi aperti di Josef Breuer, che tolse il pesante orologio d'oro dalla tasca del panciotto. Quindi lesse ancora una volta il cartoncino dai bordi argentati che aveva ricevuto il giorno prima.
The chimes of San Salvatore broke into Josef Breuer's reverie.
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Breuer traeva motivo di orgoglio da molte delle proprie qualità personali. Era leale e generoso. La sua genialità diagnostica era addirittura leggendaria: a Vienna era il medico personale di grandi scienziati, artisti e filosofi come Brahms, Brücke e Brentano. A quarant’anni era già conosciuto in tutta Europa, distinti cittadini di ogni parte dell’Occidente precorrevano grandi distanze per venire a consulto da lui. Tuttavia, più di ogni altra cosa traeva orgoglio dalla propria integrità: non una sola volta in vita sua aveva commesso un atto disdicevole.
[...] Ciascuno di noi deve andare per la sua strada".
Breuer scosse il capo. "L'idea che ci si debba separare mi angustia profondamente. Non è corretto! Tu hai fatto moltissimo per me, ricevendo in cambio pochissimo. Forse l'immagine di Lou ha perso il suo potere su di te. Forse no. Lo dirà il tempo. Ma mi pare che avremmo molto altro da fare".
"Non sottovalutare ciò che mi hai dato, Josef. Non sottovalutare il valore dell'amicizia, del fatto che io abbia scoperto di non essere uno scherzo di natura, che sono capace di toccare e di lasciarmi toccare. Prima il concetto di amor fati lo avevo fatto mio soltanto a metà: mi ero addestrato - meglio: rassegnato - ad amare il mio fato. Ora invece, grazie a te, grazie al tuo focolare aperto, mi redno conto di avere una possibilità di scelta. Riamarrò sempre solo, ma che differenza, che mirabile differenza, scegliere quello che faccio. amor fati... sceglilo il tuo fato, amalo".

Alzatosi, Breuer gli si mise di front, trovandosi separato da lui dala poltrona. Poi la aggirò. Per un attimo, Nietzsche parve spaventato, messo con le spalle al muro. Ma poi, visto che Breuer gli si avvicinava con le braccia spalancate, spalancò a sua volta le proprie.
Le parole di Nietzsche lo perseguitarono per tutto il viaggio verso l'Italia.
"Eterno ritorno."

"L'eterna clessidra dell'esistenza che si capovolge continuamente."

"Lasciati prendere da questa idea e ti prometto che ti cambierà per sempre."

"È un'idea che ti piace o che ti disturba?"

"Vivi in modo che ti piaccia."

"La scommessa di Nietzsche."

"Esaurisci la tua vita."

"Muori al momento giusto."

"Il coraggio di cambiare le proprie convinzioni."

"La tua vita eterna è questa."
Breuer scelse le parole con cura. "Ecco che cosa posso dirti, Sig. Dipende tutto da quel professor Müller. Mi ha costretto a pensare alla mia vita e io mi sono reso conto di essere ormai arrivato a un punto in cui mi sono lasciato alla spalle la maggior parte delle scelte possibili. Allora mi sono chiesto come sarebbe potuo essere averne fatte di diverse, avere vissuto un'altra vita senza la medicina, una famiglia, la cultura viennese. Così ho provato un esperimento con il pensiero, per provare l'esperienza di liberarmi da tali strutture arbitrarie, di affrontare l'informale, perfino di introdurmi in una vita alternativa."

"E che cosa hai imparato?"

Sono ancora confuso. Avrò bisogno di tempo per riesaminare tutto a fondo. Una cosa su cui ho le idee chiare, però, è che non bisogna consentire che sia la vita a viverci. [...] Inoltre ho anche imparato - o forse è la stessa cosa, non so bene - che dobbiamo vivere come se fossimo liberi. Anche se non possima sfuggire al fato, tutavia dobbiamo prenderlo a testate: dobbiamo volere che il nostro destino si realizzi. Dobbiamo amare il nostro fato."
"Scegli il nemico giusto!"
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In nineteenth-century Vienna, a drama of love, fate, and will is played out amid the intellectual ferment that defined the era. Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, is at the height of his career. Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher, is on the brink of suicidal despair, unable to find a cure for the headaches and other ailments that plague him.

When he agrees to treat Nietzsche with his experimental "talking cure," Breuer never expects that he too will find solace in their sessions. Only through facing his own inner demons can the gifted healer begin to help his patient. In When Nietzsche Wept, Irvin Yalom blends fact and fiction, atmosphere and suspense, to unfold an unforgettable story about the redemptive power of friendship.

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"In nineteenth-century Vienna, a drama of love, fate, and will is played out amid the intellectual ferment that defined the era. Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, is at the height of his career. Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher, is on the brink of suicidal despair, unable to find a cure for the headache and other ailments that plague him." "When he agrees to treat Nietzsche with his experimental "talking cure," Breuer never expects that he too will find solace in their sessions. Only through facing his own inner demons can the gifted healer begin to help his patient. In When Nietzsche Wept, Irvin Yalom blends fact and fiction, atmosphere and suspense, to unfold a story about the redemptive power of friendship."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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