Sex and the Superman
The Superman whose coming was announced by Nietzsche to an incredulous reading public in Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883–5) was destined to receive his most thorough literary characterisation in Marinetti’s only full-length novel, Mafarka le futuriste (written in French and swiftly banned for obscenity when it appeared in Paris in 1909). This cannot be explained by any similarity between the two writers: Nietzsche was an academic and a recluse who was unsuccessful with women and never married, while Marinetti, rich and extrovert, thrived on publicity and eventually, after a turbulent youth, became a model paterfamilias. However, although Zarathustra and Mafarka may differ as literary characters, they are clearly linked in so far as Zarathustra is a prophet who preaches belligerent and misogynist ideas, and Mafarka is a rapacious warlord who puts these ideas into effect.
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