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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
Winner of the Hawthornden Prize 2019
Shortlisted for the HWA Non-Fiction Prize 2019
Longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize 2019

Longlisted for the Cundhill History Prize 2019

The Sunday Times

‘A revelation.’

The Times

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

Dense, complex and hilarious . . . Such a blast to read.

Hugo Rifkind, The Times
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Engrossing, intelligent, moving, often downright funny, and filled with insights and sharply observed details from an extraordinary life.

Sarah Bakewell
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Hilarious, tragic, camp, farcical, ripe . . . Reveals how extraordinary philosophical ideas emerged from an extraordinary – and extraordinarily flawed – life.

Sunday Times Books of the Year
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A wonderfully gripping new biography . . . the type you stay in bed all Sunday just to finish.

Irish Times
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Excellently researched and compulsively readable . . . Deeply enjoyable and enlightening.

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A troubled, troubling man is brought brilliantly to life.

Tom Holland, New Statesman Books of the Year

Sue Prixeaux is an Anglo-Norwegian writer and biographer. The author of six books, she is the recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize, and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Her previous book, I Am Dynamite!: A life of Neitzsche, was published by Faber & Faber in 2018; it was awarded the Hawthornden Prize,…

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