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<i>End of a Friendship</i>

Robin Small

in Nietzsche and Rée

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199278077
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199278075.003.0008
End of a Friendship

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Dramatic events during the autumn of 1882 resulted in the ending of Nietzsche and Rée’s friendship. Their meeting with the young Lou Salomé led to the formation of an unconventional ‘trinity’, with ambitious plans for a shared life of study and work. But the three-way relationship was made unstable by an unacknowledged rivalry between the two men for Lou’s loyalty, and the intrigues of Nietzsche’s conventional and possessive sister Elisabeth. The tense situation ended in painful estrangement, and a wounded Nietzsche retreated to the Italian Riviera, where he began a new kind of writing with Thus Spake Zarathustra.

Keywords: eternal recurrence; fatalism; Lucerne photograph; spiritualism

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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