This revelatory new translation by strips Thus Spoke Zarathustra down to its foundations in Gothic horror, and discovers a much darker book than previously understood. Not content to focus erringly on God is dead, this new translation sings a dithyramb to the earth at the same time as it mercilessly hunts down the concept of humanity to its theological bedrock. Epic and neo-classical, minimalist and ultra-modern; at times aggressive and confrontational, at others tender, lyrical, grotesque and comical - this is the closest reproduction of the tone and tenor of the German original available in English today. One of the most controversial books in the history of European literature it is a founding classic of modernism in philosophy and poetics. Zarathustra - Star of Gold - the sun-worshipping prophet of the earliest strain of monotheism, returns to recant and condemn his own ideas in the name of an entity he calls the oebermensch. He wanders through a familiar land whose customs, laws, and values have been mortgaged to religion and commerce. The people there believe they exist at the summit of civilization. Zarathustra educates them that the opposite is true.