Incredible, imersive and very well written. 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 Irvin D. Yalom was born in Washington, D.
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After studying first theology and then classical philology, Nietzsche turned to philosophy and was so impressive a student that he won both a doctorate and a professorship at the University of Basel without having completed a dissertation. In , however, his friend Paul Ree introduced him to year-old Lou Andreas Salome, a brilliant, beautiful and boldly unconventional feminist and future psychoanalyst. Josef Breuer was then just 40, two years older than Nietzsche, but he was already the father of five children, an eminent physician and physiologist in Vienna, a foremost authority on equilibrium and respiration, a friend and mentor to a year-old intern named Sigmund Freud and a forerunner in the field of psychoanalysis.
He would refuse to engage in any process that he perceives as surrendering his power to another. His mentor in these matters is Schopenhauer. No one desires, he believes, to help another; instead, people wish only to dominate and increase their own power. It happened with Richard Wagner. I believe it is happening now with me. As a result, I feel self-contempt, and I doubt my integrity. In fact, I resent being imprisoned by them.
I lack courage: the courage either to change my life or to continue living it. I have lost sight of why I live--the point of it all. I am preoccupied with aging. Though every day I grow closer to death, I am terrified of it. Even so, suicide sometimes enters my mind. Next, Nietzsche encouraged him to imagine living with Bertha and then to visualize a series of scenes: sitting across the breakfast table and watching her with legs and arms in spasm, cross-eyed, mute, wry-necked, hallucinating, stuttering.
Nietzsche then suggested even more unpleasant images: Bertha vomiting, sitting on the toilet; Bertha with the labor pains of pseudocyesis. This meant, he said, that in the next twenty years, Breuer would devote over six hundred precious waking days to the same boring, unimaginative fantasies. Breuer groaned at the prospect. And kept on obsessing. You understand that my writing succeeds not because I am intelligent or scholarly. Do you know what the real question for a thinker is? Hot Property.
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When Nietzsche Wept
When Nietzsche Wept is a novel by Irvin D. Yalom , Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University , an existentialist , and psychotherapist. The book takes place mostly in Vienna , Austria , in the year , and relates a fictional meeting between the doctor Josef Breuer and the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The novel is a review of the history of the philosophy and psychoanalysis and some of the main personalities of the last decades of the 19th century, and revolves around the topic of " limerence ". The plot develops into a therapy where Breuer needs to have his soul treated, i.
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.