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  • Published: 3 June 1992
  • ISBN: 9780140445770
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $27.99

Either/Or

A Fragment of Life




In Either/Or, using the voices of two characters - the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply 'A', and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section - Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer's Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A masterpiece of duality, Either/Or is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical - both meditating ironically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures, and eloquently expounding the noble virtues of a morally upstanding life.

  • Published: 3 June 1992
  • ISBN: 9780140445770
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Soren Kierkegaard

Danish-born Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-55) wrote on a wide variety of themes, including religion, psychology, and literature. He is remembered for his philosophy, which was influential in the development of 20th century existentialism. Alastair Hannay is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. He is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard and has translated Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, The Sickness unto Death, Either/Or, and Papers and Journals for Penguin Classics.

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Praise for Either/Or

[A] charming, smart and completely idiosyncratic take on art, life and the gap between.

Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail, *Books to Look Out For 2022*

In 2018, Elif Batuman's witty campus novel, The Idiot, was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. . . . Now, Batuman returns with a sequel, Either/Or, that picks up during Selin's just-as-messy sophomore year. Expect a master course in snappy social observation.

TIME, 'The 21 Most Anticipated Books of 2022'

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