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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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. Ultimately, Cioran shows just how little grounding is left for the self that go determined to place its -entire- life into question and not just select domains within that life, as past philosophers did.


Ultimate lucidity is to be found in a turning against oneself – a self-unraveling – that at times borders on the morbid. I often think of him as he was depicted in the introduction to On the Heights of Despaira withered old man with a thick sprouting of silver straw flaming from his skull, softly admitting to Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston that he was weary of slandering the universe ; in the end, even the great decrier slumped back against the walls of our earthly prison. Read it if only to formulate your own opinion.


Consider the literary production of any “minor” nation which has not been so childish as to make up a past for itself: 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. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Though his European male privilege is on full display as well.

The Temptation to Exist

Who in the modern world talks about Jewish tempation as cursed to be separate from all others? Doubt prefers to shut, while poetry opens.

One problem is, in talking about the decay of Europe, and the vitality of the Huns — there’s a not-so-subtle glorification here of the Nazis — and this, long AFTER he’s supposed to have given up that particular vice Philosophy sucks, which is why we read it. References to this book African Philosophy etmptation the Quest for Autonomy: Description This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank.

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My usual rule is, “You bought it, now you exsit it! Sep 10, Matt rated it really liked it. Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us.

Sep 30, Tosh rated it it was amazing. He is the author of numerous works, including “On the Heights of Despair”, also available from the University of Chicago Press. Not very easy to read but also not that hard – demands ones attention.


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

He brings to mind another who moved west and wrote in a second language, an aristocrat, but Joseph Conrad wanted “History not Theory. Open Preview See a Problem? There are dangers in re-publication, 30 years being, perhaps, exactly the wrong delay. There’s just something about a guy who refers to the construct of the novel as ‘The rubbish of Western Civilization But then again, maybe it’s me The only genuine meaning tekptation 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.

Only in this fertile opposition does it get its full sense for me. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Best Books of exiat Trivia About The Temptation to We can notify you when this item is back in stock.

Denied the right to return to Romania during the years of the communist regime, and attracting international attention only late in his career, Cioran died in Paris in Son of an Orthodox priest, Cioran emigrated in from Romania, where he had been a student of philosophy, to Temptztion, where he has since lived and written.