Thus Spake Zarathustra - A Book for All and None Friedrich Nietzsche - Translated by Thomas Common... Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None is a philosophical vel by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, composed in four parts between 1883 and 1885 and published between 1883 and 1891. Thus Spoke Zarathustra was conceived while Nietzsche was writing The Gay Science; he made a small te, reading 6,000 feet beyond man and time, as evidence of this. More specifically, this te related to the concept of the eternal recurrence, which is, by Nietzsche's admission, the central idea of Zarathustra; this idea occurred to him by a pyramidal block of stone on the shores of Lake Silvaplana in the Upper Engadine, a high alpine region whose valley floor is at 6,000 feet (1,800 m). Nietzsche planned to write the book in three parts over several years. He wrote that the ideas for Zarathustra first came to him while walking on two roads surrounding Rapallo, according to Elisabeth Forster-Nietzsche in the introduction of Thomas Common's early translation of the book. Although Part Three was originally planned to be the end of the book, and ends with a strong climax, Nietzsche subsequently decided to write an additional three parts; ultimately, however, he composed only the fourth part, which is viewed to constitute an intermezzo.