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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Doubt is a tunnel, poetry is a spiral. Consider the literary production of any “minor” nation which has not been so childish as to make up a past for itself: But why am I even bothering? Mar 16, Buck added it Shelves: He is a remarkable writer and has many incites into the dark truths about people and the times we are living.

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This book is a powerhouse of essays. Please try again later. Corian saw behind these thick veils of optimism. When he fxist he’s got a great knock out punch.

Cioran was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from until his death. You apprehend more because you are high. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway.


Sep 30, Tosh rated it it was amazing. This literary mystique around Cioran continues to grow, and The Temptation to Exist has become an underground classic. View all 6 comments. Retrieved from ” https: A Little Theory of Destiny. The tempttion genuine meaning to be found is in absolute, vacuous independence and in a “pure” act of self-reflexivity that withdraws from all such projection and psychological outsourcing onto the world.

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Apr 11, Szplug rated it it was amazing. Reviewing a book by Cyril Connolly, who happened to be an old friend of his, Orwell wrote: Deeply flawed yet deeply interesting. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

New Poems; Like Most Revelations: Now you see mountains and seas. A Contrivance of Horror. If he were a stock guru — reading that — I’d have to cancel my sub.

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. May 06, Christine Palau rated it liked it. Write a customer review. Cioran was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from until his death.

If, in the future, everything should continue to go as well, her appearance on the scene will have been an accident without influence. The books he wrote in Romanian especially display this latter characteristic. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?


The Temptation to Exist

Dealing with the Mystics. 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 – dioran to the fiery vision that Cioran received in those blearily grim, but starkly limned pre-dawn hours etmptation he could not shut down that spinning top of a mind and enter the realm of dreams where he so longed to reside?

In its original form, the book expressed sympathy for totalitarianism[6] a view which was also present in various articles Cioran wrote at the time, [7] and which aimed to establish ” urbanization and industrialization ” as “the two obsessions of a rising people”. But poetry surpasses doubt, pointing to what we cannot know.