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The Portable Nietzsche (Portable Library) Paperback – January 27, 1977
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- ASIN : 0140150625
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January 27, 1977)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 704 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780140150629
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140150629
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.09 x 1.25 x 7.7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #31,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Of course, you're getting different works from both of these anthologies.
If you're looking to read Thus Spake Zarathustra (as well as letters, Twilight of the Idols, the Antichrist, and selections from many of his other works), buy the Portable Nietzsche reader
If you're looking to read Beyond Good and Evil and the Geanology of Morals (or the Birth of Tragedy / Ecce Homo, etc.) buy the Basic Writings.
Really, you SHOULD own both. One is certainly not a substitute for the other. However, if you're thinking about what to read first.... let me put it like this:
Read Thus Spoke Zarathustra first if you're looking for something more laconic and literary (buy Portable Nietzsche)
Read Beyond Good and Evil first if you're looking for something more aphoristic and philosophical (buy Basic Writings)
All in all, I reference them both about the same.... and once you've worked your way through these you can touch The Will to Power.
Good Luck!!! He really was brilliant man. Hopefully you won't be one of the many who have egregiously misunderstood what he was saying.
Nietzsche's works are arranged in the book in chronological order. As a reader, you are able to see him slowly slipping into an angry, troubled darkness which marked the last decade of his life. Whether taking on the state, Christianity, German philosophers and theologians, or Richard Wagner, Nietzsche exudes passion and intelligence that the translation effectively transmits to the reader. Many of his arguments against religion and Christianity (in particular - "The Antichrist") as well as his concept of the "superman" in "Thus Spake Zarathustra" underpin his consistent belief that man should not be held back by religion or state, and that "equal" isn't "fair". His philosophy that equality will drive man to the lowest common denominator in his abilities underpins most of his works.
Nietzsche was a brilliant and troubled philosopher, and this anthology provides a great feel for the man and his works with superior editing, commentary and translation. If you want an intro, this should be strongly considered.
Sometimes the "mad man" certainly has a quality of genius, but without Kaufman I would have missed it.
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I suppose that because the author suffered from nausea and was ill , he sought release in writing. Well, his frustration paid off , boring nonsense.