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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Although Cioran was never a member of the group, it was during this time in Romania that he began taking an interest in the ideas put forth by the Iron Guard —a far right organization whose nationalist ideology he supported until the early years of World War IIdespite allegedly disapproving of their violent methods.

Who the fuck would actually want to exist? Destructio “The Temptation to Exist” makes an interesting complement or foil?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He was spared the madness of Nietzsche, but perhaps, in the end, was afforded a ruder treatment: He continued to write in Romanian until the early s he wrote fo last article in Romanian inwhich is also the year in which he began writing in French. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Cioran turns out to be the arrogant bore you wish you hadn’t invited to dinner. Every word is a de trop. All that substitutes of a work are two or three moments: How does this knowledge – with its horrifyingly incomprehensible intimations of contingency being subsumed within the necessary even as freedom is quashed by a determinism that has encircled the rosie in a vermicular manner that cannot be empirically understood, or even grasped, within the vast, empty rictus of our temporal reality – link to the fiery vision tenptation Cioran received in those blearily grim, but starkly limned pre-dawn hours when he could not shut down that spinning top of a mind and enter the realm of dreams where he so longed to reside?


The Temptation to Exist Paperback. Cioran later refused every literary prize he was given.

You will then get thrown into the cooking ccioran A beautiful mind, with the soul of a poet, Cioran has been labelled a pessimist, though he paints his pessimistic philosophy in the most beautiful language.

With the first ballpark estimation of tthe speed of light occurring during the Enlightenment, would Cioran have begun marking our progress along the paths of acute existential suffering, of philosophic systems and scientific analysis erected under Historyof the birth pangs of Ideology and the mad lust for rebellion, along a scale aligned to human awareness of the spatial velocity of the Sun’s burning caresses?

For it is within Timethe flattening of our rational, systematic, and sterile Western existence under its cioraan and the filling of the space thus abandoned with the fear of Death, that Cioran espies the triumph of this great Enemy. The Temptation to Exist.

And for what it’s worth, I’d say that last line contains more wisdom and nobility than the entire published output of Emil Cioran. Corian this and knew that he saw different. Read more Read less. Sep 23, Matthew rated it really liked it.

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Bashes philosophers and novelists all, from Nietzsche to St Paul. Maybe it’s just me. This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank.


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Alexa Actionable Analytics exkst the Web. 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. I find Zagajewski’s thought about Cioran to be right on the mark: Explore the Home Gift Guide.

His works include Trappings: Doubt is poetry for the resigned. Reading this, the same question keeps coming back to one: Preoccupied with the problems of death and suffering, he was attracted to the idea of suicidebelieving it to be an idea that could help one go on living, an idea which he fully explored in On the Heights of Despair.

It is pleasurable to read his prose but disappointing to see many people come up with his answers to this problem this life that we find ourselves living in now between the eternities. The theme of human alienation, the most prominent existentialist theme, presented by Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camusis thus formulated, inby young Cioran: Cioran revised The Transfiguration of Romania heavily in its second edition released in the s, eliminating numerous passages he considered extremist or “pretentious and stupid”.

This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. I wish he’d just stick to those facts.