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The Temptation to Exist by Emil Cioran
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The Temptation to Exist (1956)

by Emil Cioran (Author)

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Cioran upholds dilettantism, lucidity, and sensibility [119].
Resigned to vertigo, futility, alien, the imperatives of confusion.
Rebellion - illusions: disgust, ambiguity, bewilderment.
The best poets -- Shakespeare, Holderlin -- bypassed Christianity. [157]
The mind perceives only what it already knows. [160]
Suave qui peut [8]; points de repere [134]; ipseity of a language....[127]
Destiny - looks at Spain, Russia, Romania.
Advantages of Exile - looks at poets.
Blind Alleys - looks at writers.
Rages and Resignations - a career of words.
"Dealing with the Mystics" - compares to Tears of the Saints, biographical.
Etc. And a big big cheer for the translation from the French. ( )
  keylawk | Dec 30, 2012 |
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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 Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers.

"A sort of final philosopher of the Western world. His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clowning."—Washington Post

"An intellectual bombshell that blasts away at all kinds of cant, sham and conventionality. . . . [Cioran's] language is so erotic, his handling of words so seductive, that the act of reading becomes an encounter in the erogenous zone."—Jonah Raskin, L.A. Weekly

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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 Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers.

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