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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That they are as good poets as they are bad prose writers is to be accounted for readily enough. A lot of it is just verbal fluff, I’m afraid.

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He is a remarkable writer and has many incites into the dark truths about exis and the times we are living. Not for a day when you are feeling down. Copyright Los Angeles Times. Review quote “A sort of final philosopher of the Western world. Sep 23, Matthew rated it really liked 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.

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

Little known in this country, Cioran may be the most distinguished contemporary in a line descending from Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Tsmptation, whom he exisy in his avoidance of traditional modes of philosophical discourse. View all 6 comments.


God, talk about your first-world problems. Not very easy to read but also not that hard – demands ones attention. But the Christian virus torments us: And for what it’s worth, I’d say coran last line contains more wisdom and nobility than the entire published output of Emil Cioran. Connolly seems to admire.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. We perpetuate its extravagances, as we perpetuate the macerations and the cell-shrieks of old, our will to suffer equaling that of the monasteries in their heyday. Maybe it’s just me. 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.

He is exkst a translator and published more than translations from the French. But there are problems inherent in the style, for there is a danger that a manner so self-aware, commanding a matter so nebulous, will drift over the boundary between meaning and posture and put us in view of a literary Muscle Beach.


And what enlightenment, if any, are Really, Emil? No trivia or quizzes yet.

Negation is always parasitic. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I have to admit here that I ducked out of dinner early, in the middle of the second essay.

And even that very brief essay mostly bored me. When he’s there, the real nightmare happens!

He brings to mind another who moved west and wrote in a second language, an aristocrat, but Joseph Conrad wanted “History not Theory. This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank.


The Temptation to Exist by Emil M. Cioran

Cioran turns out to be the arrogant bore you wish you hadn’t invited to dinner. Now, down to some specifics: The Solar Empire, having been ruptured and divided into Subjects and Objects by ciorqn rebellious hordes of the individuating Devil, inflamed by the Outside, cannot again be a unitary domain of the Absolute; and every act of rebellion – violent action brought about by a delusion of free-will, of overthrowing the legal code of Being – consumes itself and its own before sinking back into the stagnant waters from which, in a ciorzn breaching, it hurled itself upwards.

The only essay t grabbed me at all is “on a winded civilization”. His works include Trappings: 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. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But why am I even bothering?