Thus Spake Zarathustra

by Friedrich NietzscheMichael HulseJoanna Kavenna

Thus Spake Zarathustra
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Thus Spake Zarathustra

by Friedrich NietzscheMichael HulseJoanna Kavenna

A new translation by Michael Hulse

Introduced by Joanna Kavenna

A new translation of a seminal work by poet and acclaimed translator of W.G. Sebald, Goethe, Rilke, Herta Müller and Elfriede Jelinek.

In Thus Spake Zarathustra, Nietzsche’s infamous protagonist sets off on a grand and noble quest to find meaning in a secular world and to live joyfully alongside the knowledge of death. In this new translation by Michael Hulse – the first in English by a poet – Zarathustra is revealed in all his bold and ironic splendour as a man who prizes self worth above all else as a moral code to live by. Radical, uncategorisable, contradictory and often humorous, Thus Spake Zarathustra is a grand celebration of human existence by one of the most influential thinkers of the past two centuries.

‘It is often said that poetry is what is lost in translation. Given that Michael Hulse is both a major poet and one of the great translators of German literature, it is not surprising that he has done full justice to Thus Spake Zarathustra.’
Raymond Tallis
‘A crystalline translation of a work that many regard as Nietzsche’s greatest, yet whose elusively extravagant style has often baffled, indeed repelled, Anglophones. The poet Michael Hulse renders the complexity of Nietzsche’s prose-poem – its dramatic claims, its mystical power, and its philosophical richness – in spellbinding language.’
Simon May
‘As in his poetry, all the words feel new-minted and authentic, full of energy and understanding. As Zarathustra says, “The self is always listening and seeking”: reading this version of his story is like seeing the colours of an Old Master for the first time.’
Ruth Padel

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A new translation by Michael Hulse

Introduced by Joanna Kavenna

A new translation of a seminal work by poet and acclaimed translator of W.G. Sebald, Goethe, Rilke, Herta Müller and Elfriede Jelinek.

In Thus Spake Zarathustra, Nietzsche’s infamous protagonist sets off on a grand and noble quest to find meaning in a secular world and to live joyfully alongside the knowledge of death. In this new translation by Michael Hulse – the first in English by a poet – Zarathustra is revealed in all his bold and ironic splendour as a man who prizes self worth above all else as a moral code to live by. Radical, uncategorisable, contradictory and often humorous, Thus Spake Zarathustra is a grand celebration of human existence by one of the most influential thinkers of the past two centuries.

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Weight 0.423 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 13.7 × 1.5 cm
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