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In Hochsaison in Sils Maria, Britta Klaas Meilier explains and reiterates various events in von Salis’s and Nietzsche’s lives that define their friendship. By the time they spend the summer of 1887 in Sils-Maria (together with von Salis’s companion Hedwig Kym), Meta von Salis and Nietzsche have both experienced personal and professional successes and failures. What they experience is akin to a marriage of the minds. Von Salis overcomes restrictive aristocratic decorum and Nietzsche transcends his reputed extreme civility: “Nach all dem zuvor Gesagten muss kaum noch hervorgehoben werden, wie unkonventionell es gewesen sein muss, zwei Damen zu sehen, die einen Herrn uber den See ruderten–und nicht umgekehrt”. Klaas Meilier avoids the conundrum as to why feminist von Salis does not take Nietzsche to task for his misogyny, focusing instead on the spiritual and psychological dimensions of their friendship.
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In his letter to von Salis upon her departure from Sils-Maria, Nietzsche describes feeling “verwitwet and verwaist”. Unlike Nietzsche, von Salis had no specific negative romantic experience to speak of (the question of sexual orientation dissolves in the haziness of 19th-century definitions of female friendship), but she was driven by a personal conviction that women be allowed to make their own choices. Her ongoing battles with the patriarchal systems around her (familial, educational, legal) led to a palpable resentment of men. Nietzsche proves to be the exception, evident in her description of their relationship as “geeignet, einen vergoldenden Schimmer uber den Rest meines Lebens zu verbreiten”. Even long after Nietzsche’s descent into mental illness in 1889, von Salis remains loyal, providing Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche with the finances to care for him and establish the Nietzsche archive in Weimar.
(Hochsaison in Sils-Maria. Meta von Salis und Friedrich Nietzsche. Zur Geschichte ihrer Begegnung. Britta Klaas Meilier)  zie: Hochsaison in Sils Maria

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Lake Silvaplana near Sils-Maria

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[…] “The summer was extraordinary hot. Even up there so close to the boundary of the eternal snows, one preferably stayed in the house at noon. The wild flora were more luxuriant than ever: the large, white chrysanthemums lined the meadow path on the peninsula; between Isola and Sils the underbrush shone with alpine roses; further up on the swampy mountain meadows the aromatic brown nigritellas gleamed between the silver-haired and wool-grasses and dryads and saxifrages mocked the life-hostile stones. The two hotels were full of guests and almost every family in the village had rented rooms. We were housed in a stately house in the Engadine this side of the bridge over the Fex Brook and right next to the Fex Valley road. The front stairs and windows were full of flowerpots, cared for by the landladies with undaunted diligence through the harsh winter. Here too the splendid sun brought super-abundant rewards, every pot was filled with blossoms. A rosebush especially bore two roses of a perfection in form, color and aroma, such as is not found among its more favored brothers in the valley. Nietzsche sometimes stopped to look at these super-roses, these children of the heights, of the pure air and proximity to the sun. Nietzsche lived in the same house as before, across the bridge and came over to see us almost every morning and sometimes also in the afternoons, when the weather was beautiful and the heat moderate, to take us for a walk; otherwise, for an intimate conversation in our room. zie: The ice is near […]

Posted by Marjolijn van den Assem » Meta von Salis in Sils, on August 31st, 2010, às 11:27 am. #.

[…] jenseits/diesseits zie: Dagboekachtig zie: inleving zie: Meta von Salis in Sils zie: The ice is near « Oogst (2) Meta von Salis in Sils […]

Posted by Marjolijn van den Assem » Memories of Sils Maria, on August 31st, 2010, às 11:28 am. #.

[…] Terwijl u dit leest loop ik rond in Sils Maria , Zwitserland,  en daarna in Genua. Het tweede deel van de zoektocht naar de taal van de dooiwind is begonnen… Voor het eerste deel van dit project, zie het boek: Sgelare Zie ook: Eis und Süden zie: The ice is near […]

Posted by Marjolijn van den Assem » Running around in circles, on August 31st, 2010, às 11:35 am. #.

[…] Het was koud en hoog (± 1950 m) maar ineens was het daar dan: Lägh da Cavloc, oftewel het Lago di Cavloccio! Op 5 augustus 2010 maakte ik dezelfde wandeling als Meta von Salis en Friedrich Nietzsche in 1888 en dat realiseerde ik me bij iedere stap! Er was verse sneeuw gevallen… zie: The ice is near […]

Posted by Marjolijn van den Assem » Lago di Cavloccio, on September 4th, 2010, às 9:11 am. #.

[…] is grijs-wit-groen van kleur, ingedikt en taai. Tijdens bergwandelingen bepalen de vele mossen de stemming van het […]

Posted by Marjolijn van den Assem » Reindeer/Rendiermos(s), on September 13th, 2010, às 12:11 pm. #.

[…] Running around in circles zie: The ice is near zie: Dooiwind zie: Abbildbar zie: Reindeer/Rendiermos(s) zie: Potlood op papier zie: Travelogue […]

Posted by Marjolijn van den Assem » ins Freie, on October 8th, 2010, às 10:34 am. #.

[…] atelier) potlood/inkt op papier 150×1000cm (”opgedragen aan Christa Verver”) zie: The ice is near zie: Ins freie zie: Travelogue zie: Travelogue (vervolg) zie: Travelogue (work-in-progress) zie: […]

Posted by Marjolijn van den Assem » Travelogue (detail in atelier), on October 14th, 2010, às 12:02 pm. #.

[…] van wat we meemaakten in Sils-Maria en ook op onze zoektocht naar het Lago di Cavloccio. Christa zag en reisde in gedachten mee. Een intensieve beleving voor ons alledrie. Terug in mijn atelier begon […]

Posted by Marjolijn van den Assem » atelierbezoek(11), on January 3rd, 2013, às 1:31 pm. #.

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