On the Verge of Nihilism
This book describes the double encounter between Nietzsche and Dostoevsky. Following the chronological thread offered by Nietzsche’s correspondence, the author provides a detailed analysis of Nietzsche’s engagement with Dostoevsky from the very beginning of his discovery to the last days before his mental breakdown. The second part of this book aims to dismiss the wide-spread and stereotypical reading according to which Dostoevsky foretold and criticized in his major novels some of Nietzsche’s most dangerous and nihilistic theories. In order to reject such reading, the author focuses on the following moral dilemma: If God does not exist, is everything permitted?
Note on Translations and Abbreviations
Part I. Nietzsche Discovers and Reads Dostoevsky
1. Nietzsche’s Discovery of Dostoevsky
2. L’esprit souterrain (Katia, The Landlady)
3. L’esprit souterrain (Lisa, Notes from Underground)
5. Notes from the House of the Dead
6. The Insulted and Injured
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