Nick Thurston; Historia Abscondita (An Index of Joy), 2007
Historia Abscondita selects its title, format and purpose from amongst Friedrich Nietzsche’s “most personal of all books”, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft. (“la gaya scienza”). Without a word of his own, Thurston dances with Nietzsche to the song of his aphorisms, re-reading possibility into his classic challenges through a subtle conceptual appropriation.
The index of Walter Kaufmann’s canonical English translation provides a site and concealed syntax that Thurston opens anew. The past, present and future influences, on and of Nietzsche, become conceptually unbound. This book allows the new relations of alphabetised coincidence that emerge to remain joyously unstable.