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Either/Or: A Fragment of Life (Penguin Classics) Paperback – Abridged, 28 May 1992

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Product details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (28 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140445773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140445770
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kierkegaard (1813-55) was born in Copenhagen, the youngest of seven children. His childhood was unhappy, clouded by the religious fervour of his father, and the death of his mother, his sisters and two brothers. Educated at the School of Civic Virtue, he went on study theology, liberal arts and science at university, gaining a reputation for his academic brilliance and extravagant social life. He began to criticize Christianity, and in 1841 broke off his engagement to concentrate on his writing. Over the next ten years he produced a flood of works, in particular twelve major philosophical essays, many written under noms de plume. By the end of his life he had become an object of public ridicule, but he is now enjoying increasing acclaim.


Alastair Hannay was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, the University of Edinburgh and University College London. In 1961 he became a resident of Norway and is now Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo.


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Why on earth Penguin published a translation that omits the essay "First Love" is beyond my comprehension. Large parts of the first essay of Part 2 ("The Aesthetic Validity of Marriage") make no sense without it.

Kierkegaard is notoriously difficult to read and even more difficult to translate. Accomplishing any translation is an heroic job and I take my hat off to Alastair Hannay's achievement. That said, I am utterly baffled by the brevity of his translator's note (about half a page at the very beginning). In it he explains what has been omitted but says nothing about his approach to the translation. Presumably it is a deliberate choice to reflect Kierkegaard's complicated sentence structures, but he ought at least to point out to the reader that his is a close translation rather than a rendition in modern idiom. In philosophy knowing what kind of translation has been attempted is as important to the reader as what the text actually says.

IMO the only thing going for this edition is that it is cheaper than others.
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This is an abridged edition which features frequent cuts from both Part I and Part II, and omits "The First Love" (Part One) entirely.
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Interesting read to get perspective on life's choices and offerings. As someone who suffers from social anxieties, this book has given me an understanding and clarity when it comes to dealing with life's journey.
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Good book. Thank you
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excellent
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