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Thus Spoke Zarathustra

by Nietzsche, Friedrich (2006)


Nietzsche regarded 'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' as his most important work, and his story of the wandering Zarathustra has had enormous influence on subsequent culture. Nietzsche uses a mixture of homilies, parables, epigrams and dreams to introduce some of his most striking doctrines, including the Overman, nihilism, and the eternal return of the same. This edition offers a new translation by Adrian Del Caro which restores the original versification of Nietzsche's text and captures its poetic brilliance. Robert Pippin's introduction discusses many of the most important interpretative issues raised by the work, including who is Zarathustra and what kind of 'hero' is he and what is the philosophical significance of the work's literary form? The volume will appeal to all readers interested in one of the most original and inventive works of modern philosophy.

Key Passage

– And once more Zarathustra became immersed in himself and sat down again on the great stone, and he reflected. Suddenly he jumped to his feet – “Pity! Pity for the higher men!” he cried, and his face transformed to bronze. “Well then! That – has its time! My suffering and my pity – what do they matter! Do I strive for happiness? I strive for my work! Well then! The lion came, my children are near, Zarathustra became ripe, my hour came – This is my morning, my day is beginning: up now, up, you great noon! ” – Thus spoke Zarathustra and he left his cave, glowing and strong, like a morning sun that emerges from dark mountains.  (p.266)


Nietzsche, Overman, Eternal Recurrence, Suffering, Happiness


Nietzsche Citations

Links to Reference


Del Caro, A.



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