A Book for Everyone and Nobody
By Friedrich Nietzsche
Translated with an Introduction and Notes by Graham Parkes
'Thus Spoke Zarathustra' is a masterpiece of literature as well as philosophy. It was Nietzsche's own favourite and has proved to be his most popular. In this book he addresses the problem of how to live a fulfilling life in a world without meaning, in the aftermath of 'the death of God'. His solution lies in the idea of eternal recurrence, which he calls 'the highest formula of affirmation that can ever be attained'. A successful engagement with this profoundly Dionysian idea enables us to choose clearly among the myriad possibilities that existence offers, and thereby to affirm every moment of our lives with others on this 'sacred' earth.
Graham Parkes's new translation is more accurate than previous versions, and is the first to retain the musicality of the original, by paying attention to the rhythms and cadences of the German. His introduction examines the work's three most important philosophical ideas and for the first time annotates the abundance of allusions to the Bible and other classic texts with which Nietzsche's masterpiece is in conversation.
Oxford University Press, 2005, 384 pages
Cover painting: 'Zarathustra by the Sea' by Setsuko Aihara