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When Nietzsche Wept (1992) [Novel]
by Irvin D. Yalom Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

From the bestselling author of Love's Executioner comes a riveting blend of fact and fiction, a drama of love, fate, and will, played out against the intellectual ferment of nineteenth century Vienna on the eve of the birth of psychoanalysis.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher...Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis...a secret pact...a young medical intern named Sigmund Freud: these are the elements that combine to create the unforgettable saga of an imagined relationship between an extraordinary patient and a gifted healer.

As this compelling novel opens, the unattainable Lou Salome begs Breuer to help treat Nietzsche's suicidal despair using his experimental “talking cure.” As the eminent physician reluctantly accepts the task, he makes a powerful discovery. Only through facing up to his own inner demons can he begin to help his patient. In this compelling novel, two brilliant and enigmatic men plumb the depths of their own romantic obsessions and discover the redemptive power of friendship.

(from the publisher)

Original title: When Nietzsche Wept
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionHistoricalEuropean
FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: When Nietzsche Wept

When Nietzsche Wept (1992)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Fascinating.... A shrewd intellectual thriller." Ron Hansen, Los Angeles Times Book Review
  • "Gripping as a detective story.... Yalom's novel puts in motion in their own world characters who changed the course of intellectual history in the West.... A marvelous achievement." Diane Wood Middlebrook, author of Anne Sexton
  • "A pleasure to read both for its intriguing cross-discussion of philosophy and emerging psychotherapy, and for its powerful evocation of the eccentric characters of Nietzsche and Breuer." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "Absolutely gripping. A moving and well-wrought tale, offering the reader who likes novels of ideas as much pleasure as he or she will have had in a long time." Colin Walters, Washington Times
  • "An intelligent, carefully researched, richly imagined novel." Boston Globe
  • "Strong and authentic. The element of surprise is a magical, jolting moment." The Washington Post Book World
  • "When Nietzsche Wept is the best dramatization of a great thinker's thought since Sartre's The Freud Scenario." Chicago Tribune
  • "In this admirable novel, Irvin Yalom fulfills his promise as a powerful storyteller and a brilliant diviner of the human psyche." Rollo May
  • "When Nietzsche Wept is Irvin Yalom's next (psycho)logical step forward from Love's Executioner. Deep thought wrapped up in superb storytelling. What more could one ask?" Theodore Roszak, author of Flicker
  • "A fascinating novel of what might have been the embryonic geniuses of Sigmund Freud and Friedrich Nietzsche collided. A fascinating story and a real page-turner." Palo Alto Peninsula Times Tribune
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When Nietzsche Wept (1992)

ISBN: 0060975504

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