Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Streaming Audiobook - 2011
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Media, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2011
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781452622569
1452622566
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (660 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: Lee, John
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Dec 14, 2014

Evidently translated by Thomas Conlin, or someone named like that (I take this from the tape; it's not indicated in the "full record" entry). This version unaccountably is prefaced by an introduction credited to Nietzsche's sister, who survived him, and was a revisionist, National Socialist sympathizer who emphasized the "Nazi" elements of his work. She was the widow of a Nazi sympathizer who attempted to establish a "colony" in Paraguay. She was alleged to have 'marketed' her brother's work after his death, giving it her own spin with German nationalist and cultural leanings, and even editing it selectively--helping to connect Nietzsche much more strongly with Nazism than is justified. That being the case, and there being no additional background on the translator, I'm inclined to distrust this version. The recording isn"t helped (to my ear) by the narrator, who sounds vaguely like Sean Connery in a preachy mood; his delivery is a staccato, hammering one that I tired of very quickly.

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