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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling writing on Nietzsche, 1 Jan 2009
This review is from: Nietzsche: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Paperback)
This short introduction to Nietzsche concentrates on the period in which Nietzsche published, with mainly a chronological look at his works. Tanner does this well giving the reader a good idea of Nietzsche's work and how it changed over time. Tanner's writing is compelling, managing to transfer some of his enthusiasm for Nietzsche to the reader, which makes the read more enjoyable and ties in with the way Nietzsche wrote himself.

Although Tanner does link in changes in Nietzsche's relationships to e.g. Wagner as his philosophy progressed, and did well linking in the outside influences on his work, I was slightly disappointed with the lack of biography in the book. There is very little mentioned of Nietzsche before the Birth of Tragedy and after his decent into madness in 1889. Although what one could write on the matter is probably not much, it would have been nice to have slightly more of a background to the man behind the philosophy.

Tanner's guide at the end of the book to further reading and translations is useful; saying which translations into English are usable and which to avoid, also commenting well on a number of publications about Nietzsche which may interest the reader if they wish to know more on the subject.
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