Nietzsche On His Balcony

Carlos Fuentes imagines a modern meeting with the 19th century philosopher Nietzsche.

By Carlos Fuentes Read by Robert Fass Fiction / Literary / Philosophy English, Unabridged 9h 42m Sell Sheet
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							On a hot, insomniac night at the Hotel Metropol, the novelist Carlos Fuentes steps onto his balcony only to find another man on the balcony next door. The other man asks for news of the social strife turning into revolution in the unnamed city below them. He reveals himself as the 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, permitted to revisit earth once a year for 24 hours based on his theory of eternal return. With tenderness and gallows humor, the novelist and the philosopher unflinchingly tell the story of the beginning of the revolution, its triumph, fanaticism, terror, and retrenchment: a story of love, friendship, family, commitment, passion, corruption, betrayal, violence, and hope.

"In the late Fuentes’s last novel [Nietzsche on His Balcony], the author reflects on love, justice, and power by engaging, through his character Dante Loredano, in an imaginary dialog with German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche." - Starred Review, Library Journal

"Carlos Fuentes in all his books draws tight a tense conjunction of opposites: the sensuously beautiful and the horrifyingly ugly, innocence and evil, past and present, the familiar and the strange, nature and culture." - New York Times

"With great versatility, narrator Robert Fass rises to Carlos Fuentes's challenging masterpiece. This intricate psychological novel requires much attention from its narrator… His delivery ensures that the listener cannot fail to be moved by the beauty and horror of Mexico's revolution." - AudioFile