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Thus Spoke Zarathustra, the most famous and influential work of Friedrich Nietzsche, is a philosophical novel that articulates the themes central to Nietzsche's mature thought—a rejection of religious morality, the will to power, and the idea of the "overman"—through the religious prophet-like character of Zarathustra.
Composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is the most famous and influential work of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The work is a philosophical novel in which the character of Zarathustra, a religious prophet–like figure, delivers a series of lessons and sermons in a Biblical style that articulate the central ideas of Nietzsche's mature thought. Key to the philosophy of Thus Spoke Zarathustra is a rejection of traditional systems of religious morality, the idea of the will to power, and a vision of a new, higher mode of being, the "übermensch" or "Superman," one of Nietzsche's most famous and controversial figures. As innovative stylistically as it is philosophically, Thus Spoke Zarathustra is both a literary masterpiece and an enduring classic of moral thought.
This version of Thus Spoke Zarathustra is the translation by Thomas Common.
Author Friedrich Nietzsche
Narrated by John Lee
Publication date May 25, 2011
Running time 11 hrs