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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He is a remarkable writer and has many temptationn into Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us. There’s something almost Manichean in his rejection of any relation with the non-human background world. Salvo poi, in caso, non condividere; comunque ringraziando.

That they are as good poets as they are bad prose writers is to be accounted for readily enough. Mar 20, Geoff marked it as to-read.

The Temptation to Exist E. After the war he found himself a survivor of one apocalypse perhaps he was waiting on even hoping for the next and final one.

In the essay, “Some Blind Alleys: 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. Anyway, most of y’ OH but what I forgot cioean add in my thing below is the part Sontag writes about Hegel’s system representing the end of philosophy, or Hegel’s idea of philosophy as the history of philosophy- so that after Hegel there’s no philosophizing left, his science encompasses all, and outside of Hegel’s science since Time did indeed keep going on what takes the place in the absence of systematized philosophy and the temptatioj of religion is then Ideologies, or non-scientific philosophies.

Review quote “A sort of final wxist of the Western world. Reviewing a book by Cyril Connolly, who happened to be an old friend of his, Orwell wrote: 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.


Outside the Latin Quarter, has anyone ever troubled their head about such a ridiculous pseudo-dilemma? But, of course, nobody actually lives on the bread of negation.

The Temptation to Exist

Return to Book Page. But poetry surpasses doubt, pointing to what fo cannot know. View all 10 comments. Literary Essays Literary Studies: The illusion of surprise, of a renown which eludes his grasp but on which he ciogan, sustains him; he lives on unreality. With the first ballpark estimation of the speed of light occurring during the Enlightenment, would Cioran have begun marking our progress along the paths of acute existential suffering, of philosophic systems and scientific analysis erected under Historyof the birth pangs of Ideology and the mad lust for rebellion, along a scale aligned to human awareness of the spatial velocity of the Sun’s tmptation caresses?

He has, he says, “no nationality–the best possible status for an intellectual. Every word is a de trop. Then the hand lets the veil fall and you are alone, lost in the fog again, and you stumble on towards nowhere for no good reason.

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Why does one choose poetry while another chooses doubt? Want to Read saving…. African Philosophy and the Quest for Autonomy: The writer–it is his function–always says more than he has to say: Poetry laughs and cries, doubt ironizes. Nov 29, Matt rated it it was amazing.

Influenced by the German romantics, by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and the Lebensphilosophie of Schelling and Bergson, by certain Russian writers, including Chestov, Rozanov, and Dostoyevsky, and by the Romanian poet Eminescu, Cioran wrote lyrical and expansive meditations that were often metaphysical in nature and whose recurrent themes were death, despair, solitude, history, music, saintliness and the mystics cf. Sep 10, Matt rated it really liked it. A lot of it is just verbal fluff, I’m afraid.


Fixar o que de importante aqui foi dito: 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 more we are dispossessed, the more intense our appetites and illusions become.

Read on its own, Cioran’s perspective seems incomplete, forced. He is the author of numerous works, including “On the Heights of Despair”, also available from the University of Chicago Press. There’s just something about a guy who refers to the construct of the novel as ‘The rubbish of Western Civilization 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.

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. Open Preview See a Problem?

The Temptation to Exist by Emil M. Cioran

Having lived, hitherto, outside hell, she is preparing to descend into it. It’s hard for me to see beyond a cynicism, brooding fascism, and a genuine disdain for the human condition.

Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers. Centuries of attention to time, the idolatry of becoming.