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Series: Notting Hill Editions
ISBN: 9781910749258
Pages: 328
Publication Date: September 13, 2022

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Thus Spake ZarathustraA Book for All and None

Friedrich Nietzsche, translated from the German by Michael Hulse, introduction by Joanna Kavenna

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In Thus Spake Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche conducts his protagonist through the great journey of life—the quest for meaning and fulfillment, and for a way to live with the knowledge of death. In this faithful new translation by Michael Hulse, Zarathustra is revealed in all his bold and ironic splendor as a man who strives to find a way to live—joyfully—in a secular world. Luminous and ecstatic, Thus Spake Zarathustra is a grand celebration of perilous, beautiful, human life by one of the most important philosophers in history.


Michael Hulse’s translation of this extraordinary work feels absolutely fresh and true. 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, Professor of Poetry, King’s College London

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. English-speaking readers are indebted to him for a sparkling, transparent rendering of Nietzsche’s poetic philosophical masterpiece.
—Raymond Tallis