Diary of a Seducer
An intriguing investigation into love and manipulation, from Kierkegaard's masterpiece Either/Or
Diary of a Seducer is the disturbing narrative of a man who explores his sense of detachment by deliberately arousing the passion of a young society girl. At the core of the Diary lies the conflict between the narrator's philosophical and intellectual search for aesthetic pleasure and the depth of suffering this ultimately inflicts.Inspired by events in Kierkegaard's own life that are still shrouded in mystery this story is a vivid exploration of the complex psychology of cruelty and love. Diary of a Seducer is an autonomous part of the philosophical work Either/Or, which was published in 1843 and brought the author immediate fame.
Translated by Alastair Hannay
Cover illustration by Sir Thomas Lawrence
Published 30 September 2009