On Holiday With Nietzsche [the Essay]

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01Becoming What You Are20190506

‘Nietzsche is one of those writers who addresses his readers directly; you feel alone with him while he explores his thoughts in your presence”, notes the writer Ken Hollings. “This makes him one of the best travelling companions.”

For more than a decade, a week’s summer break in Europe has provided Hollings with uninterrupted leisure time to read a different work by the influential nineteenth century German thinker, Friedrich Nietzsche. On Holiday with Nietzsche reveals Hollings’ personal thoughts and impressions about these literary encounters. Working from notes and journal entries compiled during his travels, Hollings takes us over mountains and lakes, through meadows and forests, across oceans and city squares - locations often frequented by Nietzsche himself.

Starting in Turin, a favourite city of Nietzsche’s, and ending up on the North Sea, where Hollings wrestles in his cabin with Nietzsche’s book Untimely Meditations, this first essay offers an overview of Nietzsche the philosopher as the restless traveller dissatisfied with the complacency of the world around him.

Writer Ken Hollings reflects on his literary encounters with Friedrich Nietzsche.

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02Under The Mountain20190507

“Like the dawn breaking over Gatwick North Terminal, sharing your holiday time with Friedrich Nietzsche takes some getting used to. Trust me. I know.”

Personal reflections from the writer Ken Hollings on his annual holiday quest to understand more about the influential German philosopher. In this second essay Hollings contemplates Nietzsche’s 'Daybreak' during a week’s hiking in the Swiss Alps.

Writer Ken Hollings reflects on his literary encounters with Friedrich Nietzsche.

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03For Everyone And No One20190508

“When you’re planning to make Nietzsche your holiday reading, as I’ve done for many years, or simply want to become better acquainted with his work, do not begin with 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra'. It’s a rookie mistake.”

Amidst the stark fjords of Norway the writer Ken Hollings offers guidance on how best to approach Friedrich Nietzsche’s most notorious work.

Writer Ken Hollings reflects on his literary encounters with Friedrich Nietzsche.

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04A Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog20190509

Writer Ken Hollings reflects on his literary encounters with Friedrich Nietzsche.

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05The Art Of Ending20190510

“Nietzsche and I crossed paths in an unexpected place not so long ago… Without meaning to, the two of us found ourselves occupying the same place at different times but at similar points in our lives.”

In this fifth and final essay of the series the writer Ken Hollings is in northern Italy, contemplating late Nietzsche and the human condition, in sickness and in health.

Writer Ken Hollings reflects on his literary encounters with Friedrich Nietzsche.

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