The Abyss Also Stares

Lagerfeld, Neitzsche, and Bear

Manolo says, this news item surprises the Manolo not in the least.

Karl Lagerfeld was obviously joking when he told Hilary Alexander, “I don’t want an intellectual image, I’m a fashion person,” back in January. His latest project – and he is perhaps fashion’s greatest multi-tasker – is to publish the entire works of Friedrich Nietzsche, the 19th century German philosopher.

Lagerfeld told WWD he would be publishing Nietzsche’s work, in 12 volumes, the way the German philosopher would have wanted it: typeset print alongside the original manuscripts complete with hand-written corrections. Only 3000 copies of “Nietzsche’s Nietzsche” will be printed, said Lagerfeld, showing off photocopies of original pages, apparently “dense blocks of small handwriting – some words underlined, others stricken and overwritten – on sheets of pale yellow paper.”
“It’s very easy to read if you understand this type of German,” he said. “I would love to publish it in English, but it would take five to seven years to translate it.”

It is not surprising because the Manolo has long thought of the Evil One as the supremely Nietzschean figure, working his Umwertung aller Werte on the unsuspecting world.

P.S. Thanks to the Manolo’s friend the Anne for alerting the Manolo to this.

3 Responses to “The Abyss Also Stares”

  1. Dani May 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    Lagerfeld does seem to have more than a bit of the Ubermensch about him, doesn’t he? Well, at least from his point of view.

  2. raincoaster May 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    This is EXACTLY the type of thing Karl Lagerfeld should be doing. Well, this and starring as the villain in the next Bond movie.

    “No, Mister Bond. I expect you to co-ordinate.”