Ainsi Parlait Zarathoustra

By Friedrich Nietzsche

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des trois premières parties de _Zarathoustra_: il
entend par là les jours où les idées, longuement mûries, s'assemblaient
en un tout, où, durant les fortes marches de la journée, dans l'état
d'une inspiration incomparable et dans une violente tension de
l'esprit, l'oeuvre se cristallisait dans son ensemble, pour être
ensuite rédigée le soir sous cette forme de premier jet. Avant ces dix
jours, il y a chaque fois un temps de préparation, plus ou moins long,
immédiatement après, la mise au point du manuscrit définitif; ce
dernier travail s'accomplissait aussi avec une véhémence et
s'accompagnait d'une "expansion du sentiment" presque insupportable.
Cette "oeuvre de dix jours" tombe pour la première partie sur la fin du
mois de janvier 1883: au commencement de février la première conception
est entièrement rédigée, et au milieu du mois le manuscrit est prêt à
être donné à l'impression. La conclusion de la première partie (_De la
vertu qui donne_) "fut terminée exactement pendant l'heure sainte où
Richard Wagner mourut à Venise" (13 février).

Au cours d'un "printemps mélancolique" à Rome, dans une _loggia_ qui
domine la Piazza Barbarini, "d'où l'on aperçoit tout Rome et d'où l'on
entend mugir au-dessous de soi la Fontanas", le _Chant de la Nuit_ de
la deuxième partie fut composé au mois de mai. La _seconde partie_
elle-même fut écrite, de nouveau en dix jours, à Sils Maria, entre le
17 juin et le 6 juillet 1883: la première rédaction fut terminée avant
le 6 juillet et le manuscrit définitif avant le milieu du même mois.

"L'hiver suivant, sous le ciel alcyonien de Nice, qui, pour la première
fois, rayonna alors dans ma vie, j'ai trouvé le _troisième
Zarathoustra_. Cette partie décisive qui porte le titre: "_Des
vieilles et des nouvelles Tables_, fut composée pendant une montée des
plus pénibles de la gare au merveilleux village maure Eza, bâti au
milieu des rochers -". Cette fois encore "l'oeuvre de dix jours" fut
terminée fin janvier, la mise au net au milieu du mois de février.

La _quatrième partie_ fut commencée à Menton, en novembre 1884, et
achevée, après une longue interruption, de fin janvier à mi-février
1885: le 12 février le manuscrit fut envoyé à l'impression. Cette
partie s'appelle d'ailleurs injustement "quatrième et _dernière_
partie": "son titre véritable (écrit Nietzsche à Georges Brandès), par
rapport à ce qui précède à ce qui _suit_, devrait être: _La tentation
de Zarathoustra_, un intermède". Nietzsche a en effet laissé des
ébauches de nouvelles parties d'après lesquelles l'oeuvre entière ne
devait se clore que par la mort de Zarathoustra. Ces plans et d'autres
fragments seront publiés

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