The Birth of Tragedy; or, Hellenism and Pessimism (Version 2)


Read by John Van Stan

(5 stars; 2 reviews)

This is one of Nietzsche's early academic writings - a scholarly theory about Ancient Greek theatre, specifically tragedies. In a nutshell, this work theorizes about why (Greek) spectators enjoy watching actors in a long series of scenes that depict human suffering (i.e., tragedy). It is a curious question, especially at the time since scholars generally thought of the Greeks as "A race of men, well-fashioned, beautiful, envied, life-inspiring, like no other race hitherto" (per Nietzsche's introduction). What did they need tragedy for? The question itself, and the path Nietzsche takes to answer this question, outraged the academic world. Later, an older Nietzsche criticizes this book himself and warns the reader that this text "should be treated with some consideration and reserve; yet I shall not altogether conceal how disagreeable it now appears to me, how after sixteen years it stands a total stranger before me."   - Summary by jvanstan (7 hr 52 min)

Chapters

Introduction by E. Förster-Nietzsche 44:40 Read by John Van Stan
An Attempt At Self-Criticism 36:25 Read by John Van Stan
Foreword To Richard Wagner 3:15 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 1 14:35 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 2 10:40 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 3 10:45 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 4 12:11 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 5 18:20 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 6 12:00 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 7 16:15 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 8 20:40 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 9 18:25 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 10 10:55 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 11 17:05 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 12 18:10 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 13 10:25 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 14 13:55 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 15 16:15 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 16 18:30 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 17 17:45 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 18 13:12 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 19 24:30 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 20 8:50 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 21 21:25 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 22 13:40 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 23 13:40 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 24 13:55 Read by John Van Stan
Chapter 25 5:07 Read by John Van Stan
Appendix and Translator's Note 16:37 Read by John Van Stan

Reviews

More interesting than expected!


(5 stars)

The reader does well conveying the message of these somewhat complex statements. Pauses at right moments, has nice inflection, etc.