Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Nietzsche, Friedrich "Thus spoke Zarathustra"

Nietzsche, Friedrich "Thus spoke Zarathustra. A Book for All and None" (German: Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen) - 1883-85

A philosophical book. The title itself is mere poetry. Even for non-German speakers, it sounds magical, or at least it should.

Nietzsche was a German philosopher of the late 19th century. We have to bear that in mind when reading his work. I've been trying to put together a little description of the book but have failed miserably. It's too hard to put these thoughts into just a few lines.

All I can say, it is definitely worth reading this book and it should be read more than once in order to grasp the whole philosophy behind it. One of the greatest works of its sort. Highly provocative, it had a huge influence on both literature and art, certainly one of a kind.

From the back cover:

"Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical novel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885. Much of the work deals with ideas such as the "eternal recurrence of the same", the parable on the 'death of God', and the 'prophecy' of the Übermensch, which were first introduced in The Gay Science. 

When Zarathustra (also known as Zarathusta, Zoroaster) had reached the age of thirty years, he left his native country for the mountains where he prayed and fasted for ten years. Finally, when he got his Prophetic calling an angel is said to have appeared before him. 

Later Zarathustra became the founder of Zoroastrianism and his teachings are preserved in the Zend Avesta and the Gathas which include topics like spirituality, ritualism, sacred chants and astrology."


  1. i took Philosophy classes in college and they blew my mind in ways no other classes ever had. I believed I was thinking like an adult, but after reading some of the philosophers I realized I was really still very childlike in my thinking.
    I don't think I read any Nietzsche, perhaps I should give him a try.

    1. Thank you Janet, for being a faithful follower and your always interesting comments about the books I read. I learn so much about you. I took philosophy, as well, and have loved it always. "I know that I know nothing" is one of my favourite quotes and you just expressed that so well.

      If you like philosophy, I think Nietzsche is a definite must. I don't think whether I will ever understand all of it, I doubt it. That doesn't mean I didn't learn anything from it or didn't enjoy it. On the contrary. I think you will like it, too.

      Have a good day,

  2. Please support my kickstarter campaign to record an audiobook for Thus Spoke Zarathustra: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1767656987/audiobook-nietzsches-thus-spoke-zarathustra

    1. Thank you. I am not a big audiobook fan myself, actually, one could say I am not an audiobook fan at all and being German I rather read it in the original but I have a few friends who love audiobooks and I will recommend it to them.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog.