• by Stephen Backhouse
  • Narrated by Tom Parks
  • 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Discover a new understanding of Kierkegaard's thought and his life, a story filled with romance, betrayal, humor, and riots.
Kierkegaard, like Einstein and Freud, is one of those geniuses whose ideas permeate the culture and shape our world even when relatively few people have read their works. That lack of familiarity with the real Kierkegaard is about to change.
This lucid new biography by scholar Stephen Backhouse presents the genius as well as the acutely sensitive man behind the brilliant books. Scholarly and accessible, Kierkegaard: A Single Life introduces his many guises - the thinker, the lover, the recluse, the writer, the controversialist - in prose so compelling it reads like a novel.
One chapter examines Kierkegaard's influence on our greatest cultural icons - Kafka, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Camus, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to name only a few. A useful appendix presents an overview of each of Kierkegaard's works for the scholar and lay listener alike.


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Best short, contemporary biography of Kierkegaard. The summaries of SK's bibliography at the end are probably handy in the written form, but the main value of the audiobook is for the straight biographical chapters.
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- Will

Extremely accessible biography and overview!

An extremely helpful, orienting introduction to the man and his writings. Engaging narration too. Highly recommended!
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- David Jacobson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-09-2016
  • Publisher: Zondervan