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Zweig, A. (1934). Letter from Arnold Zweig to Sigmund Freud, April 28, 1934. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 84:74-76.

(1934). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 84:74-76

Letter from Arnold Zweig to Sigmund Freud, April 28, 1934 Book Information Previous Up Next

Arnold Zweig

Haifa, Carmel
28. 4. 34

Dear Father Freud,

This is to reach you on May 6th and congratulate you with a bow and a kiss on the hand, as grandchildren used to do in davs gone by. And so that it may not come empty-handed it brings with it the first draft of a plan that I would like to start on as soon as the Erziehung is finished: i.e. a novel about Nietzsche's madness. You know that ever since the end of the war I have turned away bitterly from this idol of my youth. There are signs of this in several of my books, clearest of all in Bilanz. Now after many years I have come close to him again, because in you I recognized the man who has carried out all that Nietzsche first dreamt of: who has given new life to the world of antiquity, who has reversed old values, who has made a clean sweep of Christianity, who is the true immoralist and a-theist; who has given new names to the human instincts and who has contributed a critique of the course of civilization as we know it-and whatever else there was in common between you. But you have avoided all his distortions and follies, just because you invented analysis and not Zarathustra.

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