Diary of a Seducer Author:Soren Kierkegaard The diarist Johannes discovers in Cordelia a girl worth seducing and sets out to master her. His scheme is first to raise this pure and virtuous girl to his intellectual level (in which he takes much prode), and then to manage the affair in such a way that she, rather than he, will appear to be the defier of convention. — Intricately, meticulousl... more »y, cunningly, the seduction proceeds, no detail too small to escape the notice of Johannes. He writes: "She sits on the sofa by the tea table and I sit on a chair at her side. This position has an intimate quality and at the same time a detaching dignity."
If Johannes seems more intellectual than erotic, reflecting his creator's being, the novella nonetheless possessess humor and charm. Kierkegard wrote this at the age of thirty as part of his first important work "Either/Or," 'either' suggesting the aesthetic and 'or' the ethical. The "Diary" is clearly on the side of the aesthetic, albeit the ironic side. The book offers insight into the early development of S?ren Kierkegard, whose name is inextricably associated with existentialism and whose personality continues to fascinate readers.
Gerd Gillhoff, poet and translator, has provided a faithful and smooth new translation from his native Danish.« less