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Nietzsche on His Balcony (Paperback) (Carlos Fuentes)
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Carlos Fuentes starts up a conversation about revolution on the streets of a city without a name with his balcony neighbor, Friedrich Nietzsche. The German philosopher, even though he’s been dead since 1900, peculiarly is still present today. God gives him twenty-four hours once a year to visit the world. Friedrich does it from his balcony. The dialogue between Fuentes and Nietzsche interweaves their characters and stories in space and time; something that Nietzsche’s readers will find familiar in reference to the circularity of time and the eternal return. This is an inescapable, dizzying, abysmal, existential condition, like the big revolutions in our history have been; depending on the surroundings and side. Curiously, the very word revolution sets off movement in its wake. Readers will notice these turns, often contradictory in time and space. But indisputably they will emerge illuminated by the events that make up our story.
“The novel I just finished, Nietzsche on his Balcony, features two interlocutors: the author of the novel and the character Friedrich Nietzsche. As Nietzsche said ‘God is dead.’ God, to contradict him, gives Nietzsche a second life, but allows him to observe a world where everything is eternally returning.” Carlos Fuentes, Buenos Aires Book Fair, Argentina, 1st of May, 2012.