After ten years of meditative solitude, the prophet Zarathustra descends from his mountain cave to preach the power of the Superman—a human divinity emancipated from the construct of God. The Superman is free to create his or her own moralities, values, notions of good and evil, and purpose in life. Although people of the town are confounded, Zarathustra resolves to persuade the herd by illuminating the heights to which they can ascend by ignoring promises of otherworldly fulfillment.
Friedrich Nietzsche’s revolutionary philosophical novel, reprinted here in Thomas Common’s 1909 authorized translation, is the most influential work of one of the most significant and subversive thinkers in the Western world.
Revised edition: Previously published as Thus Spake Zarathustra, this edition of Thus Spake Zarathustra (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.