Do not read only good books. The poor and mediocre are very often far more instructive. Intrinsically, E. M. Cioran’s essays in The Temptation to Exist are. This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran writes incisively about. If you would like to know what philosophizing was like in the ’50s, particularly in Paris, you might well try E. M. Cioran’s “The Temptation to Exist.

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Emil Cioran’s Heights of Despair”. Chances are, if your friends have never risen to those heights themselves, they won’t believe you. One cannot keep renewing Hell, whose very characteristic is monotony, or the face of exile either. According to Cioran, as long as man has kept in touch with his origins and hasn’t cut himself off from himself, he has resisted decadence. One of his Russian characters calls the pragmatic and reasoned Western solutions to government “a pact with the Devil. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Mar 20, AC rated it it was ok Shelves: All that substitutes of a work are two or three moments: If you would like to know what philosophizing was like in the ’50s, particularly in Paris, you might well try E.

Showing of 7 reviews. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions About the Author E. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us. Schopenhauer’s ‘The World as Will and Representation’: I’ve spent hours with this now, spread over a couple cilran days — and I’m sorry to say I can’t find anything very interesting in it.

July 27, David Rodman Smith Smith teaches literature at Caltech and is co-translator of selected Gobineau short stories being published by University of California Press.


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Gass called Cioran’s work “a philosophical romance on the modern temptwtion of alienation, absurdity, boredom, futility, decay, the tyranny of history, the vulgarities of change, awareness as agony, reason as disease”. In the essay, “Some Blind Alleys: While in Berlinhe became interested in the policies of the Nazi regimecontributed a column to Vremea dealing with the topic in which Cioran confessed that “there is no present-day politician that I see as more sympathetic and admirable than Hitler “, [2] while expressing his approval for the Night of the Long Knives —”what has humanity lost if the lives of a few imbeciles were taken”[3] and, in a letter written to Petru Comarnescudescribed himself as “a Hitlerist “.

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View all 30 comments. He has, he says, “no nationality–the best possible status for an intellectual. And the introduction by Susan Sontag is engaging and informative.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers.

The shattered God still dwells in the ruins; but He is a ghost cioraan is never to be taken seriously again because no one believes in him anymore, like Father Christmas, a skeleton of stones among the ruins of the world. It is dense stuff that might be read, say, if you were imprisoned for a lenghty time with only one book.

If you have read that awful, premature hhe, “Heights of Despair”. Share your thoughts with other customers. Prose requires, for its development, a certain rigor, a differentiated social status, and a tradition: And what enlightenment, if any, are we supposed to derive from windy aphorisms like this: Perhaps she is not far from one now.

The man who has lost everything preserves as a last resort the hope of glory, or of literary scandal. Want to Read saving….

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. And several temptatiion times in my life, when I was swimming far out, ciorran lying alone on a beach, I have had the same experience, became the sun, the hot ciran, green seaweed anchored to a rock, swaying in the tide.


Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. University of Iowa Press. In its original form, the book expressed sympathy for totalitarianism[6] a view which was also present in various articles Temptattion wrote at the time, [7] and which aimed to establish ” urbanization and industrialization ” as “the two obsessions of a rising people”. For example, in a interview, he condemned it as “a complex of movements; more than this, a demented sect and a party”, saying, “I found out then [ There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Instead, “Contaminated by the superstition of action, we believe that our ideas must come to something. View all 6 comments. They scorn both our curiosity and our thirst for suffering; in which they differ from the mystics, and especially from the medieval ones, so apt to recommend the virtues of the hair shirt, the scourge, insomnia, inanition, and lament.

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There is thus something either dishonest, or repressed, about a work that seeks to build itself solely on the lucidity of negation. University of Chicago Press Amazon. Why take it all so seriously? Just two further notes: One problem is, in talking about the decay of Europe, and the vitality of the Huns — there’s a not-so-subtle glorification here of the Nazis — temptztion this, long AFTER he’s supposed to have given up that particular vice Los Angeles Review of Books.

Cioran left his native land of Romania for Paris in the late s, where he lived and wrote until his death in If you like the above then you will love Cioran.

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