Thus Spoke Zarathustra

A Book for Everyone and No One

Friedrich Nietzsche's most accessible and influential philosophical work, misquoted, misrepresented, brilliantly original and enormously influential, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is translated from the German by R.J. Hollingdale in Penguin Classics.

Nietzsche was one of the most revolutionary and subversive thinkers in Western philosophy, and Thus Spoke Zarathustra remains his most famous and influential work. It describes how the ancient Persian prophet Zarathustra descends from his solitude in the mountains to tell the world that God is dead and that the Superman, the human embodiment of divinity, is his successor. Nietzsche's utterance 'God is dead', his insistence that the meaning of life is to be found in purely human terms, and his doctrine of the Superman and the will to power were all later seized upon and unrecognisably twisted by, among others, Nazi intellectuals. With blazing intensity and poetic brilliance, Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submission to authority, but in an all-powerful life force: passionate, chaotic and free.

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. A powerfully original thinker, Nietzsche's influence on subsequent writers, such as George Bernard Shaw, D.H. Lawrence, Thomas Mann and Jean-Paul Sartre, was considerable.

If you enjoyed Thus Spoke Zarathustra you might like Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil, also available in Penguin Classics.

'Enigmatic, vatic, emphatic, passionate, often breathtakingly insightful, his works together make a unique statement in the literature of European ideas'
A. C. Grayling

Nietzsche, Friedrich
Friedrich Nietzsche was born near Leipzig in 1844. When he was only twenty-four he was appointed to the chair of classical philology at Basel University. Works published in the 1880s include The Gay Science, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Beyond Good and Evil, On the Genealogy of Morals, Twilight of the Idols and The Antichrist. In January 1889, Nietzsche collapsed on a street in Turin and was subsequently institutionalized, spending the rest of his life in a condition of mental and physical paralysis. Works published after his death in 1900 include Will to Power, based on his notebooks, and Ecce Homo, his autobiography.
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  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra Introduction
    Part One
    Zarathustra's Prologue
    Zarathustra's Discourses:
    Of the Three Metamorphoses
    Of the Chairs of Virtue
    Of the Afterworldsmen
    Of the Despisers of the Body
    Of Joys and Passions
    Of the Pale Criminal
    Of Reading and Writing
    Of the Tree on the Mountainside
    Of the Preachers of Death
    Of War and Warriors
    Of the New Idol
    Of the Flies of the Market-Place
    Of Chastity
    Of the Friend
    Of the Thousand and One Goals
    Of Love of One's Neighbour
    Of the Way of the Creator
    Of Old and Young Women
    Of the Adder's Bite
    Of Marriage and Children
    Of Voluntary Death
    Of the Bestowing Virtue
    Part Two
    The Child with the Mirror
    On the Blissful Islands
    Of the Compassionate
    Of the Priests
    Of the Virtuous
    Of the Rabble
    Of the Tarantulas
    Of the Famous Philsophers
    The Night Song
    The Dance Song
    The Funeral Song
    Of Self-Overcoming
    Of the Sublime Men
    Of the Land of Culture
    Of Immaculate Perception
    Of Scholars
    Of Poets
    Of Great Events
    The Prophet
    Of Redemption
    Of Manly Prudence
    The Stillest Hour
    Part Three
    The Wanderer
    Of the Vision and the Riddle
    Of Involuntary Bliss
    Before Sunrise
    Of the Virtue That Makes Small
    On the Mount of Olives
    Of Passing By
    Of the Apostates
    The Home-Coming
    Of the Three Evil Things
    Of the Spirit of Gravity
    Of Old and New Law-Tables
    The Convalescent
    Of the Great Longing
    The Second Dance Song
    The Seven Seals (or: The Song of Yes and Amen)
    Part Four
    The Honey Offering
    The Cry of Distress
    Conversation with the Kings
    The Leech
    The Sorcerer
    Retired from Service
    The Ugliest Man
    The Voluntary Beggar
    The Shadow
    At Noontide
    The Greeting
    The Last Supper
    Of the Higher Man
    The Song of Melancholy
    Of Science
    Among the Daughters of the Desert
    The Awakening
    The Ass Festival
    The Intoxicated Song
    The Sign
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 342
Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.1974
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-044118-5
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 19,8/12,6/2,7 cm
Gewicht 259 g
Originaltitel Also sprach Zarathustra
Übersetzer R. J. Hollingdale
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