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On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt by Ann Heberlein

On Love and Tyranny: The Life and Politics of Hannah Arendt by Ann Heberlein

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An essential, timely biography exploring how Hannah Arendt's dramatic life influenced her indispensable work

Hannah Arendt lived through the darkest of times, yet she made it her life's work to illuminate them. Interrogated in Hitler's Germany and held at an internment camp in occupied France, she bore direct witness to some of the most catastrophic events of 20th-century history. In her indispensable writings, Arendt trained her fearless intellect on the intractable problems she observed: exile, totalitarianism, the nature of responsibility and the moral problem of evil.

In this immersive new biography, Ann Heberlein shows that these issues were not just theoretical for Arendt - they were also personal. On Love and Tyranny ranges over her dramatic life, from her formative affair with Nazi sympathiser Martin Heidegger to her complex love for her husband Heinrich Blücher, tracking her repeated flights from fascist authorities and eventual journey from statelessness to American citizenship. What emerges is a complex, riveting portrait of an essential thinker, who turned personal and political tumult into work of enduring relevance.


"Combines rigorous biographical research with a novelistic story of Arendt’s passion … This book should be required reading for serious scholars and anyone who wants to be immersed in an intercontinental epic romance."  St. Louis Jewish Light

"On Love and Tyranny is a stunning biography of Hannah Arendt, one of the most important thinkers of the last century. Heberlein shows us how the personal and the political, living and thinking, are woven together in a tapestry of threads that we cannot and should not tease apart." - Janice Gross Stein, political scientist and founding director, Munk School of Global Affairs

Publisher: Pushkin Press
ISBN: 978-1782276111
Pages: 320