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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (January 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199537097
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199537099
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Graham Parkes is the author of Composing the Soul: Reaches of Nietzsche's Psychology (Chicago, 1994), and the editor of Nietzsche and Asian Thought (Chicago, 1991). He is joint editor, with Steve Odin, of The Blackwell Source Book iin Japanese Philosophy (2005).

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam L. Kopcinski on January 2, 2009
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One of the more interesting things about Nietzche is that, as a philosopher, his ideas were always changing - yet popular culture remembers him chiefly as a nihilist. It is in Thus Spoke Zarathustra that he proposes an answer to questions of meaninglessness and devaluation; The Superman. He also touches on eternal recurrence, but only briefly, and only as a means to further justify the Superman. I liked the loose-narrative format of the book - much easier to digest than a pure dissertation, and Nietzsche seems an apt writer of prose. The book itself is a bit on the lengthy side, and feels lengthier still do to excessive reiteration - Nietzche often repeats the same ideas, or explores them multiple times, in different ways. although the work is imbued with eloquence and poetry throughout, it appears that much has been lost in translation. I read the Penguin Classics edition, translated by R.J. Hollingdale, and although the author/translator has written about fifty or so notes on the translation, clever puns and word-plays remain untranslatable - the nuances in language make reading a German copy desirable...if you speak German.
This is definitely not a one-or two sitting book, and warrants a thorough read and proper digestion. Many of the passages require that you read and re-read them to fully comprehend what Zarathustra is saying - much is clear but much is spoken in parable and metaphor. This is all precisely what the author intended...
I can recommend this book over Beyond Good and Evil, especially as an introduction to Nietzche, as Beyond Good and Evil is probably too self-referencing for the casual reader, but if you can read both, they are good companion-pieces. If you have the time to commit to it, Nietzche's masterpiece is a great read and a call to arms for those willing to command their ultimate will and become Supermen.

- Nietzche at his most optimistic -
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexei Fyodorovich on March 19, 2014
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This is a good, straightforward and fairly literal translation, with helpful notes -- not too many, but useful. I much prefer it to the work of Walter Kaufmann which has for a long time been standard fare for university reading. Walter was better than the Nazified edition with the author's sister to speak for him. But there is a great deal of self-important nonsense by Mr. Kaufmann in his edition. Here we have a fine translation that may well become the new university standard, at least it is for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Sullivan on July 16, 2013
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Obstinate, intrepid, emphatic, piercing, dismissive, entreating all apply to the Nietzsche's provocative masterpiece, masterfully translated with numerous less melodramatic choices in interpretation by the editors.
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Exactly what I was expecting. I have read this before in a different format. Loaned it out several years ago, and it got lost and was never returned. This format is better than the copy I had prior.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By martin w muraguri on November 1, 2013
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a bare knuckle fight against the pretensions and hypocrisies which are so vital to daily life! Unmasking the veneer of morality to expose the real ugliness of daily life, its banality. nietzche, as clear a mind as have never existed since 1900 and not since before 1844.
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