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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Dealing with the Mystics. Fixar o que de importante aqui foi dito: And what enlightenment, if any, are we supposed to derive from windy aphorisms like this: Return to Book Page. A collection of essays in order to reflect about our culture and ourselves in it.

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Only in this fertile opposition does it get its full sense for me. Shall I tell you what I really think? Imagine being such an acute and acerbic diagnostician of despair, decay, and delusion, and yet fully aware that not only was there n Poor Cioran. Richard Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 13, George Orwell has already said everything that needed to be said about this strain of high-toned whining.

The only essay that grabbed me at all is “on a winded civilization”. On a closer look, he turns out to be ambitious, aggressive in his disappointments, his very acrimony qualified by his belligerence. For a second there is meaning!

Lists with This Book. As Susan Sontag points out in her brilliant introduction, there is little that Cioran could take from his vituperation other than the satisfaction of understanding. For it is within Timethe flattening of our rational, systematic, and sterile Western existence under its dominion and the filling of the space thus abandoned with the fear of Death, that Cioran espies the triumph of this great Enemy.


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If you would like to know what philosophizing was like in the ’50s, particularly in Paris, you might well try E. He is a deep thinker but I don’t share his instincts or inclinations however many people do whether they are conscious of it or not hastening the end possibly.

Nothing prepared her for hegemony; yet she tends toward it Cioran No preview available – Reading these postwar essays from the fifties and the sixties he seems to have held on too those values that inspired his allegiance to fascism. Reading this, the same question keeps coming back to one: New Poems; Like Most Revelations: The quotations he burdens his work with are never to the point, and, as he is incapable of placing two sentences in logical order, such a thing as a quiet, scholarly paragraph let alone essay or chapter is outside his reac i kept thinking, while reading cioran, of what sheeper said about edward dahlberg: Poetry laughs and cries, doubt ironizes.

Aug 04, Eugene rated it it was ok Shelves: He then began writing in French a book that, thanks to numerous intensive revisions, would eventually become the impressive A Short History of Decay — the first of a series of ten books in which Cioran would continue to explore his perennial obsessions, with a growing detachment that allies him equally with the Greek sophists, the French moralists, and the oriental sages.

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I should invent a did-not-finish bookshelf, just for this one.

The Temptation to Exist

There’s just something about a guy who refers to the construct of the novel as ‘The rubbish of Western Civilization Cioran turns out to be the arrogant bore you wish you hadn’t invited ciorqn dinner. More cynical and skewed than his French Existentialist contemporaries, Cioran resonates with a 21st-century audience all the more deeply. A lot of it is I’ve spent hours with this now, spread over a couple of days — and I’m sorry to say I can’t find anything very interesting in it. Jul 05, Alexis rated it did not like it.

This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran is the master of the negative epiphany, of the anti-epiphany.


exost Because of this, all positions that the creative self constructs specify a determinate mode of delayed self-annihiliation. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. There are dangers in re-publication, 30 years being, perhaps, exactly the wrong delay.

Sep 07, Prooost Davis rated it did not like it. Maybe it’s just me. One wonders at times how much of this work is a self-inebriating literary exercise.

Then the hand lets the veil fall and you are alone, lost in the fog again, and you stumble on towards nowhere for no good reason.