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Thus Spake Zarathustra

A Book for All and None

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Published: 1885
Language: English
Wordcount: 111,677 / 335 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.7
LoC Category: B
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 23,653
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Origin: gutenberg.org
More Info: en.wikipedia.org

A philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the "eternal recurrence of the same", the parable on the "death of God", and the "prophecy" of the ‹bermensch. Translated by Thomas Common, with notes by Anthony M. Ludovici.

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orror of that loneliness to which, perhaps, all greatness is condemned. But to be forsaken is something very different from deliberately choosing blessed loneliness. How he longed, in those days, for the ideal friend who would thoroughly understand him, to whom he would be able to say all, and whom he imagined he had found at various periods in his life from his earliest youth onwards. Now, however, that the way he had chosen grew ever more perilous and steep, he found nobody who could follow him: he therefore created a perfect friend for himself in the ideal form of a majestic philosopher, and made this creation the preacher of his gospel to the world.

Whether my brother would ever have written "Thus Spake Zarathustra" according to the first plan sketched in the summer of 1881, if he had not had the disappointments already referred to, is now an idle question; but perhaps where "Zarathustra" is concerned, we may also say with Master Eckhardt: "The fleetest beast to bear you to perfection is suffering.

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 4 reviews: *****
2014.07.21
Jamir0n
****.

Brilliant! Totally worth reading.
surgical precision, sharp observations and brilliant narrative. Nietzsche's rhetoric enchants ones ears and captures imagination in this worldview proposition of the infamous Super-Human/Zarathustrian new and ancient philosophical concept and system.

I enjoyed this novel some long time ago, at 14 years old in another language. Now I am about to read again it in English.

Needless to say that I expect even more from it this time around.

2012.11.10
Andrew Rowe
*****

Friedrich is our latest pioneer for progression. With analytical ability that gets to the heart of the problem. I imagine that imagination is the key and this guy had it in abundance. Another ancestor who i look to to offload the trivial burdens that are currently shaping our environment. A Prophet to whom i can profit. Love you man.

2010.08.28
Ilija Gospodinov
*****

A bible of another time and dimension.

2006.11.17
Priyanka Anand
****.

This is Nietzsche's best works. He himself admitted to it. As you read the book the line between literature and philosphy seems to blur. This book was the beginning of thoughts including ubermensch, nihilism and the ower of will.


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