Are any of you familiar with Walter Kaufmann's translations of Nietzsche? I've heard both positive and negative comments on his behalf. For instance, some claim that he clears up misconstrued arguments against Nietzsche and tastefully explains the blunders of those who argue against him. A few even go as far to claim he is the premier scholar of Nietzsche. On the other hand, I've heard that he liberalizes Nietzsche's arguments into the despicable trash of today's multicultural and Christianized world--the very ideas that Nietzsche battled against.
From my perspective, a bit of both opinions are true. Having read virtually all of Kaufmann's translations, including his biography of Nietzsche, I would say from a pure translation point, his work is exceptional - far better than many.(I speak some German - but not formally however, so that is purely a layman's opinion)
It is his interpretations and explanations of Nietzsche's philosophy itself that sometimes become problematic for me. Kaufmann was apparently obsessed with proving that Nietzsche was NOT and anti-semite, not a "racist," or nationalist, nor would he likely have held any sympathies with the Third Reich, despite some later claims from therein. While some this is in fact clearly true on many levels, Kaufmann misses no opportunity to breathlessly "sanitize" nearly all of Nietzsche's more "controversial" positions, that could be read as "right wing" or "extremist" in tone. His footnotes drip with it in some works.
Nietzsche was obviously a complex man, and his true opinions on race, etc., for instance, would no doubt fit into no simple category in line with how such things are viewed today - or even in Kaufmann's day.
The problem is, I don't personally know of any better English translations(or any at all for some works) without the humanitarian/egalitarian friendly disclaimer-commentary of Kaufmann applied thereto. After awhile, I just started to ignore his tedious de-fanging of old Friedrich, in regard to some of the more "touchy" topics. That's just a personal preference I suppose.
That is just a rushed generalization - I'm sure many here are better versed on the topic and can offer plenty of guidance.