Nietzsche in Liber Novus

  • Gaia Domenici


In this chapter, ‘Nietzsche in Liber Novus’, I will explore Nietzsche’s presence in Liber Novus through a philological analysis of the text. When needed, I will make use of Jungʼs annotations on his own copy of Zarathustra, often referring to Liber Novus indeed. In the first half of the chapter, I will investigate Nietzsche’s ‘implicit’ presence in Liber Novus, always occurring in the layer of Jung’s retrospective comments on his fantasies. I will dwell upon three symbolic constellations: desert, lion, and transformation; poisonous serpents, riddles, and dwarfs; sun, sunset, and eastern wisdom. In the second half of the chapter, I will explore Nietzscheʼs ‘explicit’ presence in Liber Novus, occurring in both layers of fantasies and retrospective comments, always after January 1914. The symbolic constellations analysed will be: folly as the other side of life; teaching, mocking, and imitating in the process of self-becoming; death and rebirth of God.


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