By Bruce H. Kirmmse, Joakim Garff
"The day will come whilst not just my writings, yet accurately my life--the fascinating mystery of all of the machinery--will be studied and studied." Søren Kierkegaard's extraordinary mix of genius and peculiarity made this a good if conceited prediction. yet Kierkegaard's lifestyles has been notoriously difficult to review, so advanced was once the internet of truth and fiction in his paintings. Joakim Garff's biography of Kierkegaard is hence a landmark fulfillment. a continuing combination of historical past, philosophy, and mental perception, all conveyed with novelistic verve, this is often the main entire and penetrating account but written of the existence 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 essentially the most vital works of contemporary philosophy and non secular thought--books credited with founding existentialism and prefiguring postmodernism--but fairly 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 tip of "Christendom." Garff explores the occasions and relationships that shaped Kierkegaard, together with his guilt-ridden courting together with his father, his contention together with his brother, and his famously tortured dating together with his fiancée Regine Olsen. He recreates the squalor and attractiveness of Golden Age Copenhagen and the highbrow milieu within which Kierkegaard came across himself more and more embattled and mercilessly caricatured.
Acclaimed as a big cultural occasion on its e-book in Denmark in 2000, this publication, right here offered in a really crisp and stylish translation, stands out as the definitive account of Kierkegaard's existence for years yet to come.