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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Buy the selected items together This item: Well it would be unfathomable insolence! This book is a powerhouse of essays. He is the author of numerous works, including “On the Heights of Despair”, also available from the University of Chicago Press.

ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I find Zagajewski’s thought about Cioran to be right on the mark: This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat The Temptation to Exist first introduced this brilliant European thinker twenty years ago to American readers, in a superb translation by Richard Howard.

Because of this, all positions that the creative self constructs specify a determinate ciofan of delayed self-annihiliation.


Emil Cioran

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. If you fly over your home-town, on Google Earth, you notice the higher vantage point straight temotation.

Cioran died of Alzheimer’s disease [16] and is buried at the Montparnasse Cemetery. Perhaps she is not far from one now.


May 06, Christine Palau rated it liked it. There’s just something about a guy who refers to the cilran of the novel as ‘The rubbish of Western Civilization Consider the literary production of any “minor” nation which has not been so childish as to make up a past for itself: Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.

His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clownin This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on cjoran Left Bank. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Corian flew too high and they dragged him back down.

Cioran turns out to be the arrogant bore you wish you hadn’t invited to dinner. Exish collection of essays in order to reflect about our culture and ourselves in it. He is so critical and cantankerous, so grum, small, and jealous, that if you took him at all seriously he would drive you as batty as he is.


By tearing down constructs, and destroying myths, he freed us to experience the full range of awareness; and thereby attain higher degrees of joy.

Share your thoughts with other customers. Share your thoughts with other customers. Those who preside over her destiny, those who take her interests to heart, should prepare her for bad times ; in order to cease go a superficial monster, she requires an ordeal of major scope. But then, I’d be lying to myself if I took such a no-nonsense, naturalistic approach and denied that such essential questioning had its place, and that really, we all know life ths grand doesn’t need questioning.

The Temptation to Exist by Emil M. Cioran

And the introduction by Susan Sontag is engaging and informative. Though he does seem to sport wood for Gogol and Nietzsche, but even then the praise feels backhanded. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Sep 10, Matt rated it really liked it. The Temptation to Exist. Cioran was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from until his death.

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