Religion and Philosophy

A new translation of Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra

New York Review of Books

From Michael Hulse, poet and acclaimed translator of W. G. Sebald, Rilke, and others

THUS SPAKE ZARATHUSTRA

A BOOK FOR ALL AND NONE

Friedrich Nietzsche

Translated by Michael Hulse
Introduction by Joanna Kavenna

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 splendor as a man who prizes self-worth above all else as a moral code to live by. Radical, impossible to categorize, contradictory, and often humorous, the book is a grand celebration of human existence by one of the most influential thinkers of the past two centuries.

Arguably Nietzsche’s most famous work, Thus Spake Zarathustra contains many of the ideas for which he is most widely known, including “God is Dead” and the Übermensch. Though the text has been translated several times in the past, this rendition is perhaps the finest to date: “The poetic atmosphere of Thus Spake Zarathustra,” writes novelist Joanna Kavenna in her introduction, “is also fundamental to the work. . . . Hulse renders all these nuances, ambiguities and escalations in such wild, lovely poetry; his achievement is immense. He has crafted a bold, exhilarating translation of Nietzsche’s revolutionary work.”

“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

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