I Am Dynamite!

Sue Prideaux

The Times Biography of the Year: Sue Prideaux’s award-winning portrait of philosophy’s greatest iconoclast, Friedrich Nietzsche.

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The Times Biography of the Year
Longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019

‘Outstanding.’ The Sunday Times

‘A revelation.’ Guardian

‘Wonderful.’ The Times

‘Riveting.’ New Statesman

Friedrich Nietzsche’s work rocked the foundation of Western thinking, and continues to permeate our culture, high and low – yet he is one of history’s most misunderstood philosophers. Sue Prideaux’s myth-shattering book brings readers into the world of a brilliant, eccentric and deeply troubled man, illuminating the events and people that shaped his life and work. I Am Dynamite! is the essential biography for anyone seeking to understand Nietzsche: the philosopher who foresaw – and sought solutions to – our own troubled times.

Critic Reviews

This is what every biography should be like - engrossing, intelligent, moving, often downright funny, and filled with insights and sharply observed details from an extraordinary life. Simply a blast.

Sarah Bakewell
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A strikingly original portrait of Nietzsche and beautifully written.

Antony Beevor
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Sue Prideaux’s Nietzsche is a compelling, vulnerable and poignant figure; this biography is the liveliest and freshest account for a long time of one of the most overwhelming intellectual presences in the mind of modern Europe.

Dr Rowan Williams
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Dense, complex and hilarious, which is a rare and winning combination ... I Am Dynamite! is a wonderful book and I say that having almost certainly misunderstood quite a lot of it. I shall read it again, more than once ... It is just such a blast to read. Witty, terribly clever and steeped in the wild, doomed peculiarities of 19th-century Germania, it is a tremendous and reformative biography of a man whom popular history has perhaps done a disservice.

Hugo Rifkind, The Times
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Excellently researched and compulsively readable ... There are essentially two sorts of biographies. Some try to fit the Great Person into the larger world of their era; others try to bring them alive as a timeless human being. Prideaux’s book is very firmly in the second category, packed with insights into the man who ecstatically prophesied the Übermensch (and we’re not talking a thoughtful minicab driver) from his desk … This is not just a deeply enjoyable and enlightening book. It’s also an all-too-timely one.’

James Hawes, Spectator
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A splendid biography ... beautifully written, and often intensely moving, account of a life devoted to the achievement of intellectual greatness and the exploration of the conditions for its flourishing.

Jonathan Derbyshire, Financial Times