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Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0192832283 ISBN-10: 019283228X

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (June 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019283228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192832283
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,467,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Formerly Chairman of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, Duncan Large is currently Joint Secretary of the Conference of University Teachers of German in Great Britain and Ireland. His recent books include The Nietzsche Reader (edited with Keith Ansell-Pearson).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on June 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Duncan Large's new translation of Ecce Homo for the Oxford World Classics series is excellent: it is as authoritative and accurate as it is fresh and easy to read. Anyone teaching this book, especially, or even recommending it to others, should tell them about this version. It lends an entirely different flavor to the German, exactly what a new translation should do. Though Roger Hollingdale's version is the most solid, in my view, and Walter Kaufmann's the most forceful, this translation seems to get at the precariousness, the grotesqueness of the German, and particularly the tension it establishes with the tradition of autobiography.
The biggest change Large adopted was to use the second person singular pronoun much more for the German "Man." Thus, for "Wie man wird, was man ist," the famous subtitle of the little volume, we do not get the more traditional translation with the impersonal "one," as in Hollingdale's rendition "How One Becomes What One Is," but the much more interesting and simple "How To Become What You Are."
The effect is remarkable when it is dispersed across the entire book. It is an entirely different--and I think more interesting--experience of reading.
Though some crucial things are lost (and every version, Kaufmann's especially does this), Large's translation, I think, benefits in the end for being so very bold. Hollingdale saves some key words better perhaps than Large, who interprets them more, it could be said--and interprets them precisely by going back to the roots of the German words, which should not in itself be seen as an act of fidelity to the source text's meaning, as is so often taken to be the case in philosophical translations of German (though this allows you, the reader, to reinterpret them more easily).
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By Louis Levy on September 20, 2010
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I bought the book on purpose and enjoy my reading. The delivery was prompt and the condition as advertised.
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