Nietzsche is one of the most controversial philosophers of the modern age. Here, Safranski positions the details of Nietzsche's unhappy life within the context of his thought, looking at Nietzsche's boyhood obsession with music, his time in the army, his friendship with Wagner and his unrequited love for Lou Andreas Salome.
Rudiger Safranski is one of the world's leading Nietzsche scholars. He has written two previous biographies, Heidegger: Between Good and Evil and Schopenhauer and the Wild Years of Philosophy. He lives in Berlin.