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Is anyone interested in a Zarathustra reading group? I'm sure it would be enjoyable. Each chapter would get a posting and four to five days to allow time for comments and discussion before moving on to the next chapter. We could start on new years. 80 chapters at four days a chapter would finish the project before the end of the year (320 days). Any interest?
Not all chapters are of equal importance, and setting a schedule might turn into something like a chore that takes the enjoyment out of the discussion.
I would hope, additionally, that our discussion could take the chapter as a point of departure for a discussion of his thinking in other works. Everyone has read Z (at least once), and some have read some (if not all) of his other works; linking Z to other passages would be useful to everyone since his themes are developed (and evolve) throughout his writings. It's a shame there isn't a concordance available.
The same could be said for the secondary literature; one supposes most have read Kaufmann, but not everyone has read all the different interpretations.
These considerations might suggest that the rate of chapters and schedule are very ambitious, and that following it might result in less-than-optimal discussion and content.
Either way, please count me in.
Would there be any issues involving different translations?
I have not read this before so would appreciate any pointers as long as you dont ruin it for me, no spoilers please.
I am going to get three copies the Kaufmann and Graham Parks and an audio just for good measure
There will be different levels of erudition I'm sure. I am only a novice myself. We can't forbid spoilers; there are references in the beginning to what comes later so this will be unavoidable or at least not to be avoided. (For example I'm sorry to ruin the surprise but God is dead :bigsmile:.)
I don't think three different copies will be necessary but again there will be different levels of erudition. Still looking for recommendation for best free online translation...
Honestly, just buy the Barnes and Noble Classics edition of the Clancy Martin translation. It is very readable, recent, and consults both Kaufmann and Hollingdale--and only costs $8.
By the way, the posted link is the Thomas Common translation, and it totally stinks. Don't waste your time. Unfortunately, there seems to be nothing better out there that I can find so you will have to buy it, or I will see what else is out there in the deep sea of the web.