Book cover - The Struggle with the Daemon: Hölderlin, Kleist, Nietzsche - Author Stefan Zweig

The Struggle with the Daemon: Hölderlin, Kleist, Nietzsche

Author Stefan Zweig

  • Release Date: 2012-11-30
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

The Struggle with the Daemon: Hölderlin, Kleist, Nietzsche Summary


The Struggle with the Daemon: Hölderlin, Kleist, Nietzsche - Stefan Zweig’s literary portraits of three tormented giants of German literature, Friedrich Hölderlin, Heinrich von Kleist, and Friedrich Nietzsche, contrasts them with Goethe who was anchored in place by profession, home and family.

For Zweig, “everyone whose nature excels the commonplace, everyone whose impulses are creative, wrestles inevitably with his daemon” which Zweig describes as “the incorporation of that tormenting leaven which impels our being ... towards danger, immoderation, ecstasy, renunciation and even self-destruction.”

In these essays, Zweig depicts the tragic and sublime lifelong struggle by three great creative minds with their respective daemons.

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