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Forgotten Fatherland: The search for Elisabeth Nietzsche

Forgotten Fatherland: The search for Elisabeth Nietzsche [Kindle Edition]

Ben Macintyre
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Fascinating, provocative and highly eccentric (New York Times)

Witty, intelligent and told with a rollicking, trenchant style (Boston Globe)

Macintyre's journey to rediscover Nueva Germania deep in the Paraguayan forest and his descriptions of what he found, make compelling reading. But more fascinating still is the story Macintyre interleaves with his discovery, that of Elisabeth's own life and her deliberate distortions of her brother's philosophy to make it accord with her own (Julia Neuberger Sunday Times)

Remarkable and entertaining ... Macintyre weaves the many threads together with considerable literary skill, jumping backwards and forwards between Paraguayan past and present, between the Germany of Bismarck and of Hitler ... a parade of exotic figures and tall tales inhabit the story (Richard Overy Observer)

Macintyre's powers as a writer are wonderfully responsive. This year's crop of travel books is unlikely to yield anything more bizarrely compelling (Jonathan Keates Independent)

Excellent travel writing: vivid, sympathetic, humorous (R.J. Hollingdale Guardian)

Macintyre's report from the tattered remnants is startling, dark and absorbing (Independent)

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From the bestselling author of Agent Zigzag and Double Cross

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1775 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140883815X
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8S5FGC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Macintyre is a columnist and Associate Editor on The Times. He has worked as the newspaper's correspondent in New York, Paris and Washington. He is the author of seven previous books including Agent Zigzag, the story of wartime double-agent Eddie Chapman, which was shortlisted for the Costa Biography Award and the Galaxy British Book Award for Biography of the Year 2008. Operation Mincemeat: The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II, published in January 2010, is the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. He lives in London with his wife and three children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely interesting and well written 28 April 2013
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As the book started off I sort of expected it to be an exploration of the remnants of the German Colony in Paraguay. Very soon we get into a study of Elizabeth Nietzsche and her grandiose plans for a German settlement. We also get a view of her brother and the author shows how she twisted his ideas as his posthumous publisher and how she ingratiated herself with Hitler and Mussolini using the writings of her brother and making him into a German Folk hero. It appears that Nietzsche would have found fascism anathema. All in all a good read and probably not what I expected. Certainly a "page turner" which might be considered unusual for this type of book. It sustained my interest throughout. We do, however, get some insight into those who are descended from the original colonists and they seem a sorry lot.
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By peekay
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A fascinating account of the perversion of Nietzche's philosophy by his anti-Semitic sister after she failed to persuade him to join her band of like-minded patriots in New Germany, in the Paraguayan jungle. It covers Nietzche's friendship with Richard Wargner and his eventual falling out leading to his madness and support by his sister who returned to Germany after the Paraguayan colony failed. The book cleverly switches between progress in New Germany and in the fatherland, but begins with an epic journey to discover what is left of the colony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend this book. 8 Oct 2014
By richard
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A fascinating account of another group searching for a new beginning in a far off part of the globe.
The author gives a vivid depiction both of the environmental hurdles that the group had to strive to surmount and of the interpersonal conflicts which are bound to surface in such an undertaking with all its associated hardships.

The final piece written about the present day descendants was absorbing and the photos were a poignant reminder of both the original settlers and their surviving offspring.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Fatherland 12 Jun 2013
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This was an excellent book. It was informative and well researched. Interested to read more Ben Macintyre or similar subject.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nietsches sister was formidable but not very nice 25 April 2013
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Elisabeth Nietsche (the philosophers sister) was not a very nice person.but she was ideal material for MacIntyre's documentary style. He describes her life, and the setting up of a German Colony in Paraguay and her subsequent return to German and the lionising, totally unjustified that followed. It's a fascinating story but the parallel account of the author finding New Germania in up-country Paraguay added little to the main theme and tended to be distracting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well researched 19 Nov 2013
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As usual with Ben Macintyre's books, this account is incredibly well researched. Not only is the reader learning about this distant region of the Amazon, but you're taken on a journey which encompasses both history and adventure.
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