Diary of a Seducer
So, you need to know:
- A bit of the three stadium.
- How the three stadium are connected each other.
Hegel is not necessary to deal with this book, but remember that Kierkegaard can't stand him and his Idealism.(less)
Now however, after re-reading the book in the context of "Either/Or" I finally understand why it was written this way. Johannes, the seducer, is Kierkegaard's key Aesthete in the Ethic/aesthetic dichotomy of "Either/Or", and the seducer's words find meaning onl ...more
A Wound Masked As a Boast
OK, was thrown into an inverted Faust here, but with Faust helping Mephistopheles in his conquests! What then? Should the morality change in any way?
Mephistopheles is a seducer, the poor devil. The eternal seducer, but the one who bores of his victims at the cusp. Or is that just what he tells himself? (yeah, the "wills evil, does good" bit.)
"In the vast literature of love, The Seducer's Diary is an intricate curiosity--a feverishly intellectual attempt to reconstruct...more
What I find especially interesting is that this short piece is essential to his work since eventually Regine (the fictional Cordelia)became his muse. . . . Which is to say that he (the fictional Johannes)was afraid of life since he could ...more
Regine Olsen occupies a central role in Kierkegaard's thought and writings, and indeed a unique position in the history of all of Western philosophy. It can be argued that no other single woman has been so instrumental in a major philosopher's dev ...more
Soren Kierkegaard is regarded as one of the first, if not the very first, existentialist philosophers. The Seducer’s Diary is one part of a greater work Either / Or. It is also one of the 20 books in the Penguin Great Loves collection. Given its reputation I was sure I couldn’t go wrong.
About the book:
This is a book made up of diary entries and letters. Johannes, the writer, boasts of his skills in the art of seducing women. He talks of his abilities to keep a distance while ...more
I feel ashamed to say that I have been a seducer. It has felt normal to me, and I wondered (and still wonder) if it is not singularly a paradigm of romantic normalcy - is love a myth? Is ever ...more
How much of the seducer Johannes is in Kierkegaard? Wikipedia says thi ...more
As for the main character seducing girls had been an esthetically tempting exercise and his only occupation throughout the book. But the author (showing us all the imaginable aspects of the character's challenge) is merely endlessly polishing up his graphomania and recuperating from the guilt trips we can barely share or understand.
It's a shame this book is much less than it could be, even considering the ages passe ...more
It was exquisite and haunting, and it's Kierkegaard that does the true seducing in the end; so wrapped up was I in the story that, much like Johann's innocent young muse, it was as if suddenly waking up, tangled in a web. ...more
In itself, the Seducer's Diary is a ...more
It's not the first Soren book i read, but this one is a great surprise for me. It's a story beyond such arguments like God, hope, sins etc. Certainly not like the author's style...
Reading it gives me pain , like every woman that read this book would; but I guess I can not sleep tonight without finishing it... ...more
With all the smugness and superiority of an aristocratic gentleman, Johannes the seducer details his plans to seduce the young and beautiful Cordelia. But this is no ordinary seduction; Johannes is no ordinary seducer. His desire is to take her innocence, indifferent to him at first, and manipulate it over a period of time using all his wiles so that she bares her ...more
So I can't begin to describe the disappoi ...more
John Updike called Kierkegaard's writing "feverishly intellectual" - which almost begins to describe the quality of the writing. The prose of The Seducers Diary (Volume I of E ...more
Here, the absurd man is Johannes the seducer. He is absurd in the sense that he holds on to no meaning in a prolonged relationship. The only possible meaning of a relationship with a woman lies in the right moment when she reaches the pinnacle of the erotic consciously from a prior state of innocence ...more
With his remarkable philosophical wit, literary flair and psychological insights, Kierkegaard exposes the elusive and detached nature of the aesthete.
He uses the character of Johannes to speak about his own love relationship with Régine Olsen, a young lady he falls in love with and, eventully, leaves because of his particular aestheticism, an aestheticism that sees in commitment a hindrance of pure romantic pleasure.
Even af ...more
* Uses pun-ny pseudonyms
* Packages passive-aggressiveness as a literary trope
* Harps on the impending loss and regret that attend every experience of human happiness
* Espouses a hodge-podge philosophy that centers (obliquely) on a real-life romantic misfire, for which his precepts serve as flimsy, ex post facto excuses (I'm actually torn about whether this is a pro or a con)
* Didn't commit suicide
* Kinda squirrely-looking ...more
There are some beautifully written passages in this book, and it made me contemplate life and the meanings of the different types of love we experience. However, I couldn't get past the fact that the main character (twenty-six) is grooming a teenager, with intent (allegedly) to become engaged and make her break things off down the line. I know it was the 19th century, but still... Kind of a fucked up psychological manipulation to get off on, isn't it? Perhaps ...more
I can imagine him able to bring a girl to the point where he was sure she would sacrifice all then he would leave without a word let a lone a declaration a promise.
The unhappy girl would retain the consciousness of it with double bitterness because there was not the slightest thing she could appeal to. She could only be constantly tossed about in a terrible witches' dance at one moment reproaching herself forgiving him at another reproaching him and then since the relationship would only have been actual in a figurative sense she would constantly have to contend with the doubt that the whole thing might only have been an imagination.