The Spinoza Problem

March 15, 2014

After the ‘The Schopenhauer Cure’, ‘The Spinoza Problem‘ by Irvin Yalom, was not less absorbing. Alternating between Golden Age Amsterdam and the life of Spinoza, and Nazi Germany and the inner struggles of Rosenberg, the novel deals with the best and the worst in human nature.

It involves the reader in pondering over life’s meaning, God, death, community and religion. In a nutshell – philosophy and history from existential point of view. Fact and imagination are separated and it becomes quite clear what is what from a note by the author at the end of the novel.

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2 Responses to “The Spinoza Problem”


  1. […] his novels on Schopenhauer and Spinoza, Irwin Yalom’s ‘When Nietzsche Wept‘ was not less intriguing and absorbing. […]


  2. […] sharing his 45 years of experience, is naturally different from his novels on Schopenhauer, Spinoza and Nietzsche.  A book full of practical advise on inter-cultural relations and abundance of […]


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