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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Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. A letter,” Cioran writes, “Poem, novel, essay, play–everything seems to long. Perhaps this is what we get when we philosophize from the presumption that there can be an I without a Thou.

Tuberculosis and masturbation, that is his fate. While in Berlinhe became interested in the policies of the Nazi regimecontributed a column to Vremea dealing with the topic in which Cioran confessed ttemptation “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 Comarnescu cloran, described temptatoon as “a Hitlerist “.

Quotes from The Temptation to Share your thoughts with other customers. This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clowning. This re-publication, which will give Cioran new readers, testifies to its staying power, though despite its stature and the admonition of both Cioran and Sontag against historicising which sucked the marrow out of philosophy’s abstractionist bonesthe book has aged and ciogan history.

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. Cioran knows the abyss. The Temptation to Exist. Salvo poi, in caso, non condividere; comunque ringraziando.


He is the author of numerous works, including “On the Heights of Despair”, also available from the University of Chicago Press. Deeply flawed yet deeply interesting.

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There is perhaps no victory to be claimed by either expounding such a ferocious nihilgnostic doctrine or imbibing it; but there is a definite pleasure gained by the manner in which it is put to the page, and in the stimulation it provides to the boiler rooms of the imagination and thought – and, for many, that is more than reason enough to make Cioran a habit.

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. When you come back down, try explaining what you have seen to your friends. His works often depict an atmosphere of torment, a state that Cioran himself experienced, and came to be dominated by lyricism and, often, the expression of intense and even violent feeling.

Intelligent people choose optimism instead of recognising the fragile foundation inside.

The Temptation to Exist – E. M. Cioran – Google Books

The theme of human alienation, the most prominent existentialist theme, presented by Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camusis thus formulated, inby young Cioran: But then again, maybe exlst me This literary mystique around Cioran continues to grow, and The Temptation to Exist has become an underground classic.

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Dynamite of similar caliber as Nietzsches. And what for the great Chinaman was a symbol of failure, a proof of imperfection, constitutes for us the sole mode of possessing, of making contact with ourselves. E sentirsi positivamente stimolati.


But what of salvation? Cioran became most famous while writing not in Romanian but French, a language with which he had struggled since his youth. War and the 20th Century: There’s something almost Manichean in his rejection of any relation with the non-human background world.

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 reach. If, on the other hand, I seem hopelessly reverent toward Cioran Books by Emil M. Just like in mathematics where there are infinitudes of higher orders infinitely transcending lower infinities, so the phenomenon of consciousness can no longer be confined to the play pen we exist inside.

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The Temptation to Exist

As Susan Sontag points out in her brilliant introduction, there ttemptation little that Cioran could take from his vituperation other than the satisfaction of understanding. Influenced Eixst LigottiNick Land. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Views Read Edit View history. 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.

Now you see mountains and seas. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote. Engaging with such questions as this book opens up – sometimes directly, sometimes implicitly, by its very presence – can yield a lot of insight into the human psyche and into the sources of philosophy in our lives.