Nietzsche's Kisses: A Novel Paperback – 28 Feb 2006
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Lance Olsen's beautiful novel gives us both the 'human, all too human' side of Nietzsche, and the dream of lightness and grace that was central to his philosophy, but that is too often forgotten or ignored by his disciples. - Steven Shaviro, author of The Cinematic Body ""With this novel Lance Olsen moves well beyond mere experimentalism to occupy a ground worthy of the magisterial and manic figure of Nietzsche himself."" - Michael Joyce, author of Afternoon: A Story ""Lance Olsen's Nietzsche's Kisses has a Dionysian soul that the great philosopher would have loved. More importantly, Olsen, and the novel, understand what Nietzsche meant about the scary business of looking into the abyss."" - Percival Everett, author of Wounded
About the Author
Lance Olsen is the author of eighteen books of and about innovative fiction. His short stories, essays, poems, and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of journals and anthologies, including Fiction International, Iowa Review, Village Voice, Time Out, BOMB, Gulf Coast, and Best American Non-Required Reading. His novel Tonguing the Zeitgeist (Permeable Press, 1994) was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award. He lives with his wife, assemblage-artist Andi Olsen, somatically in the mountains of central Idaho and digitally at www.cafezeitgeist.com.
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Not only that, Nietzsche himself is surprisingly sympathetic, and rendered impossibly well. In a text so aesthetically intense, the immense presence of this living, breathing individual was simply sublime.
In a book by Engels on the Peasant War in Germany that was crushed in 1525, the peasants had formed armies, but it was impossible for German peasants to form an alliance with anyone who could do them any good. The Neu-Germania in Paraguay had ideals like Nietzsche's walking stick was later given to Adolf Hitler by Nietzsche's sister in this novel. There are hardly any economic insights in this novel, but the emotional skips kiss the future with more possibilities.