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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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Read it if only to formulate your own opinion. Dynamite of similar caliber as Nietzsches. Instead, “Contaminated by the superstition of action, we believe that our ideas must come to something. Good volume to have by the bedside, when you have one of those nightmares that wake you up.

All that substi I can’t figure out if I love or hate this dude. 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 from women, buries himself in a windowless room, imposes privations which confound and appall.

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 exidt marrow out of philosophy’s abstractionist bonesthe book has aged and entered history.

To create a literature is to create a prose. His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clowning”. Deeply flawed yet deeply interesting.


And what temptatin, if any, are Really, Emil? One cannot conceive of a more heart rending form of the gratuitous. Yet he attacks action “Led on by temptaton 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”.


It doesn’t express its true motive force. My usual rule is, “You bought it, now you finish it! Cioran knows the abyss. He holds to the aristocratic and romantic view of the healthy life by opposing the intellect “Too much lucidity results in a loss of equilibrium” and the free mind “ultimately anti-social, detrimental to the health of the community”. But poetry surpasses doubt, pointing to what we cannot know. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions But then again, maybe it’s me Destructio “The Temptation to Exist” makes an interesting complement or foil?

Literary Essays Literary Studies: How can one resist this title – just the title alone! But he is the poet of sentence design, and the quirk that shocks you with delight in the half-dozen books he has left behind is not an accident I recently discovered him, and once I read this book, i had to go out and get every title by this incredible writer.

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

Sep 30, Tosh rated it it was amazing. One is religion, another is unending work, the third is the kind of sluttish antinomianism – lying in bed till four in the afternoon, drinking Pernod – that Mr. Consider the literary production of any “minor” nation which has not been so childish as to make up a past for itself: Looking for beautiful books? And several other times in my life, when I was swimming far out, or lying alone on a beach, I have had the same experience, became the sun, the hot sand, green seaweed anchored to a rock, swaying in the tide.


Cioran es de esos pensadores enojados con medio mundo que le vale un pepino lo que la gente entienda de sus textos.

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. A lot of it is I’ve spent hours with this now, spread over a couple of days — and I’m sorry to say I can’t find anything very interesting in it.

Who the fuck would actually want to exist? Reading these postwar essays from the fifties and the sixties he seems cuoran have held on too those values that inspired his allegiance to fascism. Sep 10, Matt rated it really liked it.

Dealing with the Mystics. Such, however, is the power of this illusion that if, for instance, he works in some factory, it is with the notion of being freed from it one day or another by a fame as sudden as it is inconceivable.

African Philosophy and the Quest for Autonomy: I have to admit here that I ducked out of dinner early, in the middle of the second essay. But why am Temptagion even bothering? University of Chicago Press Amazon. One wonders at times how much of this work is a self-inebriating literary exercise.