By Joakim Garff,Bruce H. Kirmmse

ISBN-10: 069109165X

ISBN-13: 9780691091655

ISBN-10: 0691127883

ISBN-13: 9780691127880

"The day will come while not just my writings, yet accurately my life--the exciting mystery of all of the machinery--will be studied and studied." Søren Kierkegaard's amazing blend of genius and peculiarity made this a good if smug prediction. yet Kierkegaard's lifestyles has been notoriously tough to review, so complicated was once the internet of truth and fiction in his paintings. Joakim Garff's biography of Kierkegaard is therefore a landmark fulfillment. a unbroken mixture of historical past, philosophy, and mental perception, all conveyed with novelistic verve, this is often the main accomplished and penetrating account but written of the lifestyles and works of the enigmatic Dane who replaced the process highbrow history.

Garff portrays Kierkegaard now not because the all-controlling impresario at the back of the most very important works of contemporary philosophy and non secular thought--books credited with founding existentialism and prefiguring postmodernism--but quite as a guy whose writings got here to manage him. Kierkegaard observed himself as a vessel for his writings, a device within the hand of God, and finally as a martyr singled out to name for the top of "Christendom." Garff explores the occasions and relationships that shaped Kierkegaard, together with his guilt-ridden dating together with his father, his contention along with his brother, and his famously tortured courting along with his fiancée Regine Olsen. He recreates the squalor and attractiveness of Golden Age Copenhagen and the highbrow milieu during which Kierkegaard discovered himself more and more embattled and mercilessly caricatured.

Acclaimed as a huge cultural occasion on its book in Denmark in 2000, this publication, right here offered in a really crisp and chic translation, could be the definitive account of Kierkegaard's existence for years to come.

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