The Birth of Tragedy Out of the Spirit of Music

  • by Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Narrated by Duncan Steen
  • 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of Nietzsche’s earliest works, The Birth of Tragedy (1872) is a remarkable source of inspiration. It is here that the philosopher expresses his frustration with the contemporary world and urges man to embrace Dionysian energy once more. He refutes European culture since the time of Socrates, arguing that it is one-sidedly Apollonian and prevents man from living in optimistic harmony with the sufferings of life.
It is argued that the healthier culture can be perceived in the traditions of ancient Greece as the spectators of the tragic plays experienced Dionysus and Apollo in perfect harmony. However, Nietzsche has great faith in the human soul and presents a laudatory portrayal of Wagner, contending that his artistic spirit is the savior of Europe; Wagner’s music has sown the seeds for a period of liberating rebirth.

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mindblowing structure. outstanding 19th century ps

mindblowing structure outstanding psychology from 19th century and workmanlike reading.Nietzsche stimulates and provides insight. to foundations of Western civilization with attention to Eastern influences.
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- Ronald

First Nietzsche I read

This inspiring book allowed me to begin to identify endless insidious assumptions about the the function of art in society.
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- G. O'Brien

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2013
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks