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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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1 Feb 2000 Dover Thrift Editions
A 19th-century literary masterpiece, tremendously influential in the arts and in philosophy, uses the Persian religious leader Zarathustra to voice the author's views, including the introduction of the controversial doctrine of the Übermensch, or "superman," a term later perverted by Nazi propagandists. A passionate, quasi-biblical style is employed to inspire readers.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.; New edition edition (1 Feb 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486406636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486406633
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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The most famous Nietzsche book which formed part of his 'campaign against morality' […] the German philosopher explores the ethical consequences of the 'death of God'. Some say the book was a catalyst in Hitler's thinking and the rise of the far-right, others that Zarathustra was the most important text on human potential ever written. Hear it for yourself. The Naxos audiobook also includes helpful introductions to every chapter. --Bukowski on Bukowski zine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a nineteenth-century German philosopher and classical philologist. He wrote critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, using a distinctive German language style and displaying a fondness for metaphor and aphorism. Nietzsche's influence remains substantial within and beyond philosophy, notably in existentialism and postmodernism. His style and radical questioning of the value and objectivity of truth have resulted in much commentary and interpretation, mostly in the continental tradition, and to a lesser extent in analytic philosophy. His key ideas include the interpretation of tragedy as an affirmation of life, an eternal recurrence (which numerous commentators have re-interpreted), a rejection of Platonism, and a repudiation of both Christianity and egalitarianism (especially in the form of democracy and socialism). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NB 25 April 2007
This is a lovely reprint of an old edition of zarathustra. A wonderful copy to read, but academics would do better to purchase the penguin classics version (Hollingdale trans.) principally because this edition has no bibliographical data.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice book, pity I can't read it. 24 Jan 2008
Before I start I should say that 'Thus Spake Zarathustra' is an excellent book. It sets forth the majority of Nietschze's views through the mouth of the prophet Zoroaster. The closest thing to a criticism I can levy is that his succeeding works like 'beyond good and evil' might be a bit more suitable if you're a philosophy student like me since they set forward his views a bit more bluntly (on the other hand why not read both). I would normally give it a happy five stars, however in this case I'm not reviewing just the book in general but rather this particular edition. The translator has littered the book with exagerated archaisms. What the intention of this was is a mystery to me but the effect is clear, the book is near to unreadable. Tacking -eth to the end of every verb and sprinkling in thous and thees isn't an improvement and I can hardly believe that it represents in any way the original German. Don't be tempted by the low price, you'll regret it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mock Modern Mythology 15 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Previously I had read a bad translation of"Beyond Good and Evil" and thought Nietzsche rather obtuse and fanatical,but this work redeems him and makes him more accessible.The book is written in a mock biblical style and divided into 81 brief chapters which makes it easier to digest and use as a reference.I should also mention that the syntax used is of an archaic style and although it reads straight forwardly it may be confusing and irritating for some who would rather not make the effort.
The story concerns a Persian prophet his travels and philosophical musings and his search for the "higher man".It is set in some indeterminate past and at time takes on mythological qualities reminiscent of more ancient texts.
This is a fine book to read if you find yourself despairing of the mob mentality that prevails in society and it will give you plenty of encouragement and support to plough your own furrow in life.Although it is not hard to see how Nietzsche's writings could be used to fuel fanaticism ,to see it for this quality alone is to miss the overall message and it is more balanced than some would have you believe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Warning, bad translation 14 Mar 2013
By gladfly
This edition contains some egregious translation errors. For example, in the section 'On Science' 'Wildnissen' is inexplicably rendered as 'deserts' rather than wildernesses. This is not only inaccurate but downright confusing given Nietzsche's specific use of the concepts of 'Wuste' (desert) and Verwustung (desertification) in the very same section. For serious Nietzsche scholarship go for a different translation, such as Adrian Del Caro's (Cambridge UP).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable ye's and thou's 6 May 1999
By A Customer
I hate to give Thus Spoke Zarathustra less than five stars in any form, but Common's translation is just unreadable. For a more readable (and better) translation use Kaufmann's version. Despite this, Zarathustra is Nietzsche's masterpiece and one of the greatest books of all time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars god - the ultimate absent father? 10 Jan 2013
By H. Tee
This is the well known novel (and piece of music), philosophy-come propose poem by the German intellectual Nietzsche of 1882-1885. The book is a 306 page fictional repost, as it were, to two prevailing philosophies of the time being 'nihilism' and 'atheism'. If there is no God or afterlife and life is ultimately pointless can there be anything worth living for? Well along comes this guy from the mountains who has famously worked out that 'God is dead' and is armed philosophically with Nietzsche 's 3 atheist ideas being the goal to the 'superman', 'will to power ' and ideas regarding 'beyond good and evil'. He travels and meets life and people such as the higher man, volunteer beggar, convalescent, disciples, priests, drunk, soothsayer, scholars etc. The whole work is told and presented as an authoritative, real work of a much revered, revealed person who genuinely 'knows'. There are a lot of 'thou', 'unto', 'oh my brethren', 'ye ' and sentences of deep ideas. There are 80 short titled chapters in three books, allowing the reader to be able to quote passages authoritatively. It seems to me that the basic thrust is that though ultimately one's life is futile, you can enjoy yourself/struggle, aspire to being a part in the creation of a better humanity and make your own way without religion.

There is an arc to the basic story from mountain to people to doubts to home and finally awakening. This is really a remarkable book and very profound. I found time and again passages of great poignancy and depth. I can now understand on so many levels how religious texts can overtake people, and be used by the knowledgeable and (ir)religious for their own ends picking and choosing what suits.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Diamonds hidden among the rock 23 Jun 2011
By A.
Nietzsche had brilliant insight into the practices of religious writings. He demonstrated pseudography by writing his ideas into the mouth of the prophet Zarathustra who is imagined to have lived in ancient Persian times. Some Bible scholars think that this technique was used by Jewish philosophers who placed their ideas into the mouth of Isaiah and Daniel. Bart Ehrman in 'Jesus Interrupted' wonders if extra sayings got added to Jesus sayings.
It seems to me that Nietzsche was hiding his revelations among alot of waffle. It takes a bit of scanning to find them. The main pearls he makes are
p5 It looks like God is dead
p12 There is no devil and no hell
p29 Too well do I know those godlike ones, they insist on being believed in, and that doubt is sin
p30 Body am I entirely and nothing more
p 34 Talking about someone who had committed a crime,'Evermore did he now see himself as the doer of one deed, madness I call this, the exception reversed itself to the rule in him
p73 Alas in our body dwelleth still all this delusion, alas much ignorance and error hath become embodied in us.
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Published 23 days ago by tc combes
5.0 out of 5 stars A great work by a great translator
In my mind the best English translation of this work by a long way, this is a classic translation of a classic and much more easily readable than some of the alternatives.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. J. J. M. Omara
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't read unless you love odd rambling poetry
Most of what Nietzsche thinks you can probably get from the first couple of chapters: - God is dead, long live superman, don't follow the crowd, will yourself a meaning to life etc... Read more
Published 7 months ago by GT
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent low cost Nietzsche book
This book is excellent, meant to be read and not simply look pretty on the shelf. You're not paying for a fancy expensive cover or extra quality paper. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thus spake Zarathrusta
To date Thus Spake Zarathrusta awaits my study because it provides a comprehensive understanding of all Nietzsche thinking, therefore its is future reading
Published 19 months ago by Mr John George Abel
5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing philosophical work
This book by Nietzsche is the first (but major) step towards enlightenment. I understand some people find it difficult to comprehend, but that is his whole point: the Overman... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lady Z
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Previously I had read a bad translation of"Beyond Good and Evil" and thought Nietzsche rather obtuse and fanatical,but this work redeems him and makes him more accessible. Read more
Published on 19 April 2012 by nicholas hargreaves
5.0 out of 5 stars a world classic
Stands equally alone among the 19th centuries many literary masterpieces and is arguably Nietzsches magnum opus. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2012 by forester
5.0 out of 5 stars Thus spoke Zarathustra
This is a profound read, giving insight into the true nature of each individual. Thus spoke Zarathustra leads us into a self-analytic mental arena, signalling every humans 'will to... Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2012 by elite_e
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful existential work of art
I read Nietzsche's book back in my youth and found it beautiful and profoundly moving as Zarathustra identifies with the conflict of individualism and belonging. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by Paul Bee
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