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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The Temptation to Exist

And the introduction by Susan Sontag is engaging and informative. 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 ciioran Death, that Cioran espies the triumph of this great Enemy.

How can one resist this title – just the title alone!

My library Help Advanced Book Search. He won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in for Untitled Subjects. This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank.

God, talk about your first-world problems. Perhaps this is what we get when we philosophize from the presumption that there can be an I without a Thou. The third is certainly the worst, but in any case the essential evil is to think in terms of escape. To ask other readers questions about The Temptation to Existplease sign up. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book.

Prose requires, for its development, a certain rigor, a differentiated social status, and a tradition: We can notify you when this item is back in stock. He is a remarkable writer and has many incites into Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us. One wonders at times how much of this work is a self-inebriating literary exercise.


THE TEMPTATION TO EXIST by E.M. Cioran | Kirkus Reviews

Yet he attacks action “Led on by the whirlwind of actsI am nothing but an acolyte of time” and seeks to free the intellect “The only free mind is the one that, pure of all intimacy with beings or objects, plies its own vacuity”. I’ve spent hours with this now, spread over temmptation couple of days — and I’m sorry to say I can’t find anything very interesting in it.

I couldn’t agree more with Cioran’s statement about it being a mistake for Western minds to expect themselves to be able to live Eastern philosophies, “truths incompatible with their nature. 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 entered history.

Let us say such a man becomes—transforms himself—into an editor of such a review; to keep his publication alive he risks hunger, abstains temptqtion women, buries himself in a windowless room, imposes privations which confound and appall. It’s hard for me to see beyond a cynicism, brooding fascism, and a genuine disdain for the human condition.

Thanks for temptztion us about the problem. A collection of essays in order to reflect about our cioraj and ourselves in it.

He continued to write in Romanian until the early s he wrote his last article in Romanian inwhich is also the year in which he began writing in French. War and vioran 20th Century: I find Zagajewski’s thought about Cioran to be right on the mark: Doubt is narcissistic; we look at everything critically, including ourselves, and perhaps that comforts us.



Account Options Sign in. Cioran was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from until his death. And the man without a country becomes—or aspires to become—a novelist.

Sep 23, Matthew rated it really liked it. Ultimately, Cioran shows just how little grounding is left for the self that is determined to place its -entire- life into question and not just select domains within that life, as tempttion philosophers did. Deeply flawed yet deeply interesting.

Ultimate lucidity is to be found in a turning against oneself – a self-unraveling – that at times borders on the morbid. Poetry laughs and cries, doubt ironizes. Outside the Latin Quarter, has anyone ever troubled their head about such a ridiculous pseudo-dilemma? Cioran is just humorous enough in his pessimism, and acerbic in his irony though I’m not convinced that a lot of his most outrageous statements were actually as ironic for him as they’ve been perceived teptation be by many critics and commentatorsand anyone who loves a mental exercise, murky and inside-out as they can be, will enjoy this collection of post-Nietzschean philosophical essays.

Maybe it’s just me.

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