- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Reprint edition (28 Feb. 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140441182
- ISBN-13: 978-0140441185
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thus Spoke Zarathustra Paperback – 28 Feb 1974
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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.
About the Author
Frederich Nietzsche (1844-1900) became the chair of classical philology at Basel University at the age of 24 until his bad health forced him to retire in 1879. He divorced himself from society until his final collapse in 1899 when he became insane. He died in 1900. R.J. Hollingdale translated 11 of Nietzsche's books and published 2 books about him.
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Many key concepts in 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' are marred by inexplicable translation errors.
For example Nietzsche's concept of the 'ubermensch' and the 'letze mensch' are rendered as "the superman" and "the ultimate man", whereas a more accurate translation is "the overman" and "the last man".
The last man and the overman represent polar opposite concepts in Nietzsche's view. The overman represents humanities highest potential, the meaning of the earth. an uncertain future that is to be achieved by an unerring commitment to transformation both personal and societal. By contrast the last man represents modern man in its most complacent and static form. A man of neither highs nor lows. A man of comfort, not chaos, a man who can no longer 'give birth to a dancing star'.
In the original text the intended difference between the last man and the overman is clear. "Ultimate man" confers a sense of "greatest" that is completely contrary to Nietzsche's original intention and makes the passages seem confused and ill defined.
While the genius of Nietzsche's work still shines through for the most part, one wonders how well R.J Hollingdale understood Nietzsche or German in some of the many inaccurate translations in this book.
I highly recommend this book to any lovers of philsophy and the human condition. However the Walter Kaufman translation is far superior. it avoids muddying Nietzsche original intent. It's unafraid to use direct translations of german words even if they sound less poetic, and as such retains the clarity of Nietzsche original sentiment
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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I absolutely hated this book. I'd heard so much said about Nietzsche and this book in particular but I found it a massive let down. Read morePublished 1 month ago by William North
I recommend for those interested in philosophy, psychology, etc.Published 6 months ago by Chichiwoo
The missing star is for my own lack of ability in understanding all of this yet.Published 7 months ago by mikecullen
love my kindle - but trying to save a few pennies on lesser translations is always stupid...Published 8 months ago by Rhumpus
Shortly after reading ‘The Red Book’ I decided to look into the philosophy of Nietzsche, whom Jung quite often referred to during his work. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Woosh