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Tears and saints by E. M. Cioran

Tears and saints (original 1986; edition 1995)

by E. M. Cioran, Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston (Translator)

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Title:Tears and saints
Authors:E. M. Cioran
Other authors:Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston (Translator)
Info:Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995.
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:non-fiction, male author, romanian, religion, christianity, saints, philosophy, university of chicago press, bookshelf02

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Tears and Saints by E. M. Cioran (1986)



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"Prolonged interest in saintliness is an illness which requires a few years’ convalescence. Then, you are seized by a desire to pick up your sadness and roam under another sky, to grow strong elsewhere. The need for space is a counter-reaction to the infinity of saintliness. You feel like lying in the grass and looking up at the sky, free from the prejudice of its heights."

A collection of aphorisms more than anything, a few of which--the above, particularly--set off fireworks in my head and actually completely changed my brain. Too personal to review properly; a very important book for me. ( )
  aliceunderskies | Apr 1, 2013 |
Cioran not only discerns and explodes the "unwritten history" of women -- most of the saints he mentions are women -- they come to grips with their Will to Power, voluptuous with Tears, suffering at their own hands, under the tyranny of saving grace. An Appendix of the Saints mentioned is provided. This is not a "Lives of the Saints", I was pleasantly surprised to find. Translator is superb.

The Saints are listed/ biographies in an Appendix, including: St Agnes, St Aldegund, Blessed Da Foligno, St Bridget, Catherine Emmerich, St Catherine of Genoa, St Catherine of Medici, St Catherine of Sienna, Rumi, Diwan, Eckhart, St Francis, St Francis de Sales, St Ignatius, St John, St Martha, St Mary, St Peter, St Teresa, St Rose of Lima, Plotinus, Amandus, mysticism, St Therese of Lisieux, Aquinas. Note the gay Dervish, Rumi. ( )
  keylawk | Jun 23, 2007 |
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Cioran is best known for epigrammatic little books of philosophy that reflect a dour, pessimistic view of humanity in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust. As a young man, however, Cioran took a more cheerful view of the world, tempered by his enthusiastic study of ascetics and saints. Here he introduces us to the religious ideas of the Middle Ages, to luminaries like Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila. He also invites us to open ourselves to the possibilities of such ideas. "No obstacle is unsurmountable when angelic voices cheer you along," Cioran writes, encouragingly. "One does not hear voices in the cool breezes of calm thoughts, and angels speak only to musical ears."

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