Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

A Book for Everyone and Nobody

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'The profoundest book there is, born from the innermost richness of truth, an inexhaustible well into which no bucket descends without coming up with gold and goodness.'Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1885) was Nietzsche's own favourite among all his books and has proved to be his most popular, having sold millions of copies in many different languages. In it he addresses the problem of how to live a fulfilling life in a world without meaning, in the aftermath of 'thedeath of God'. Nietzsche's solution lies in the idea of eternal recurrence which he calls 'the highest formula of affirmation that can ever be attained'. A successful engagement with this profoundly Dionysian idea enables us to choose clearly among the myriad possibilities that existence offers,and thereby to affirm every moment of our lives with others on this 'sacred' earth. This translation of Zarathustra (the first new English version for over forty years) conveys the musicality of the original German, and for the first time annotates the abundance of allusions to the Bible and other classic texts with which Nietzsche's masterpiece is in conversation.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2008], c2005.
ISBN: 9780199537099
0199537097
Characteristics: xliii, 335 p. --
Additional Contributors: Parkes, Graham 1949-

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Aug 31, 2017

An absolutely astounding work!! Part poetic oracle, part barbaric yawp, part religious text, part philosophical text, and part just plain bombast... and it all adds up to a work of crazy-genius. The only other translation I had read was Kaufman's, and this one is, on the whole, better, mainly due to the extensive notes section.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 12, 2016

When it came to this particular work of "philosophical" fiction, penned by famed writer, Friedrich Nietzsche (in 1885) - The very first question that came to my mind while reading along was - "Is this guy stoned, or what!?" - I'm not kidding.

I found Nietzsche's Zarathustra character to be so annoyingly nutty and self-deluded throughout the entire course of the story that, before long, all of his incessant, ideological rantings and ravings began to grate on my nerves, big-time.

Filled to overflowing with absurd contradictions and truly laughable rationale (that swung like a pendulum) - The so-called "truths" that Zarathustra spoke of were only as he saw them. (natch) I mean, this scholarly flake was so deluded that he firmly held to the belief that if you make peace with the one you kill, that automatically makes it OK that you killed them. (Oh!? Really!!??)

Anyway - All that I can honestly say about this totally disappointing offering from Nietzsche is - Back then (132 years ago), what he said may have had some profound relevance - But, today, it's all just childish, nonsensical babble, from my perspective. It really is.

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