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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,562) 100%, Location: Ferndale, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122998405106 Frederich Nietzsche: The Birth of Tragedy. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 160 pages. Publisher: Penguin (1994). A compelling argument for the necessity for art in life, Nietzsche’s first book is fueled by his enthusiasm for Greek tragedy, the philosophy of Schopenhauer, and the music of Wagner, to whom this work was dedicated. Nietzsche outlined a distinction between two central forces in art: the Apolline, representing beauty and order; and the Dionysiac, a primal or ecstatic reaction to the sublime. He believed that the combination of these states produced the highest forms of music and tragic drama, which not only reveal the truth about suffering in life, but also provide a consolation for it. Impassioned and exhilarating in its conviction, “The Birth of Tragedy” has become a key text in European culture and in literary criticism. CONDITION: New oversized softcover. Penguin (1994) 160 pages. Unblemished, unmarked, pristine in every respect. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Nietzsche's first book, here in a new translation by Shaun Whiteside, and edited with an introduction by Michael Tanner; Nietzsche considers why it is we derive pleasure from tragic art, and what relationships may exist between our experiences of suffering in life and art. Shaun Whiteside’s translation is accompanied by an introduction by Michael Tanner, which illuminates Nietzsche’s central arguments. This edition also includes suggestions for further reading and notes. In The Birth of Tragedy Nietzsche expounds on the origins of Greek tragedy and its relevance to the German culture of its time. He declares it to be the expression of a culture which has achieved a delicate but powerful balance between Dionysian insight into the chaos and suffering which underlies all existence and the discipline and clarity of rational Apollonian form. In order to promote a return to these values, Nietzsche critiques complacent rationalism of late nineteenth-century German culture and makes an impassioned plea for the regenerative potential of the music of Wagner. A wide ranging discussion of the nature of art, science, and religion, The Birth of Tragedy's argument raises important questions about the problematic nature of cultural origins which are still valid today. Friedrich Nietzsche was born near Leipzig in 1844, the son of a Lutheran clergyman. He attended the famous Pforta School, then attended university at Bonn and at Leipzig, where he studied philology and read Schopenhauer. When he was only twenty-four he was appointed to the chair of classical philology at Basle University. He stayed there until his health forced him into retirement in 1879. While at Basle he made and broke his friendship with Wagner, participated as an ambulance orderly in the Franco-Prussian War, and published “The Birth of Tragedy” (1872), “Untimely Meditations” (1873-6), and the first part of “Human, All Too Human” (1878). Two supplements entitled “Assorted Opinions and Maxims” and “The Wanderer and his Shadow” followed in 1879 and 1880. From 1880 until his final collapse in 1889, except for brief interludes, he divorced himself from everyday life and, supported by his university pension, he lived mainly in France, Italy, and Switzerland. “The Dawn” appeared in 1881, followed by “The Gay Science” in 1882. “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” was written between 1883 and 1885, and his last completed books were “Ecce Homo”, an autobiography, and “Nietzsche contra Wagner”. He became insane in 1889, and remained in a condition of mental and physical paralysis until his death in 1900. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: A speculative rather than exegetical work, “The Birth of Tragedy” examines the origins and development of poetry, specifically Greek tragedy. Nietzsche argues that Greek tragedy arose out of the fusion of what he termed Apollonian and Dionysian elements; the former representing measure, restraint, harmony; and the latter unbridled passion. That Socratic rationalism and optimism spelled the death of Greek tragedy. The final part of the book is a rhapsody on the rebirth of tragedy from the spirit of Wagner's music. Greeted by stony silence at first, the book became the object of heated controversy for those who mistook it for a conventional work of classical scholarship. It remains a classic in the history of aesthetics. REVIEW: Classic, influential study of Greek tragedy. Nietzsche sounds the themes that remain at the heart of present day philosophical and cultural debates and dilemmas. Dedicated to Richard Wagner, this book is rich in Nietzsche's enthusiasms for Greek literature and especially tragedy, for Schopenhauer and Wagner's "Tristan Und Isolde". Its central vision is the idea that "only as an aesthetic phenomenon are existence and the world justified". Making his distinction between the Apollonian and the Dionysian spirit, Nietzsche presses the reader to consider why it is that we derive pleasure from tragic art, and what is the relationship between our experience of suffering in life and in art. "The Birth of Tragedy", first published in 1871, was the author's first book. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: If you consider yourself a creative entity, an artist, a musician, a filmmaker, a writer; then this book should be required reading. It describes two opposing "forces", Apollo and Dionysus, who are in perpetual conflict. From this conflict, all great art is born. It is a dialectic, Thesis meets Antithesis to beget Synthesis. The real point is though, after reading the book, you look for these opposing forces in everyday life and find them everywhere. Man and woman, religion and science, good and evil (for rudimentary examples). After reading the book it was apparent how much of this world is constructed out of, and centered on, opposition. It's like Matt Modine's helmet in Full Metal Jacket, man is a creature with inherent duality. The Birth of Tragedy touches on something so essential and instinctually true to our existence that it can only vaguely be explained in words. Nietszche knows this and presents the concept as eloquently and clearly as it allows. It is up to the reader to take this knowledge as a starting point and explore deeper into their own individual experience and perspective. REVIEW: Prior to Nietzsche the Greeks had been celebrated for their great calm and rationality. Nietzsche pointed to the irrational, passionate, energetic elements, the Dionysian force which contended with life and death as central element of the Greek Reality. The 'Birth of Tragedy (1872) is his first book but already present are his tremendous power to shock, his aphoristic brilliance, his effort to '”turn the tables” and break the mold of our ordinary thinking. He himself says in describing the “Birth of Tragedy" connects us with that which counters the Periclean desire for the beautiful and the good. He sees a desire preceding the desire for the good and the beautiful, "namely, the desire for the ugly or the good strong willing of the ancient Hellenes for pessimism, for tragic myth, for pictures of everything fearful, angry, enigmatic, destructive, and fateful as the basis of existence? Where must tragedy come from? Perhaps out of desire, out of power, out of overflowing health, out of overwhelming fullness of life?" In his enthusiasm Nietzsche condemns the Socratic caution which will come afterwards, and which he claims will come to dominate the thought of the Christian West. REVIEW: When I first picked up a copy of Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy I really did not have an idea as to what the book is about. I had never read Nietzsche before and had some of the same misconceptions about his work as most people do. “The Birth of Tragedy”, Nietzsche's first book, is a fascinating analysis of the origins of Greek tragedy. There are lots of references to the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, but one does not need to be schooled in Greek drama to understand the book. Actually, Nietzsche has a tendency in this book to over-explain things which is where this book may fall short and lose some readers. Nietzsche himself acknowledges his faults in the 'Attempt at Self-criticism' he added years after the book was released. The two underlying themes in “The Birth of Tragedy” are the two elements of art; The Dionysian and the Appolinian. Nietzsche is very poetic in his writing and that alone makes this an interesting book. I highly recommend it. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. 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