Cioran’s first book “On the Heights of Despair”, brings together all the themes from his later work: death, loneliness, disease, suffering, the. The dark, existential despair of Romanian philosopher Cioran’s short meditations is paradoxically bracing and life-affirming. Written in , when he was On the Heights of Despair shows Cioran’s first grappling with themes he would return to in his mature works: despair and decay, absurdity and alienation, futility .

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On the Heights of Despair by Emil M. Cioran

To be Romanian is not some biographical fact, but a metaphysical catastrophe, a personal tragedy of enormous proportions. View all 4 comments. In Martin – – Ethics 3: Had I ever accepted to take up an office job, to make a living, I would have failed. His rhe sense of humor apparently he lost last. And Cioran proved himself considerably flexible, keeping his misanthropy in check: At forty I was still enrolled at the Sorbonne, I was eating at the student cafeteria, and I was hoping that this would last till the end of my days.

He is an essayist in the best French tradition, and even though French was not his native tongue, many think him among the finest writers in that language. Philosophy, General Works categorize this paper. No sooner did Cioran arrive in Germany than he fell in love with the freshly installed Nazi regime.

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The content of writing is of secondary importance to him, the act of writing itself is the true goal. While others were detecting the debut of a catastrophe of historic proportion in Germany at the time, Cioran saw only promise and historical greatness.


Open Preview See a Problem? In the end, I find it a little sad and pathetic that Cioran will never be read as much as he deserves to be. I closed my eyes after finishing this book and thought about the futility of life and surprisingly, a chain, a perceptible pattern of thoughts started to come out and torturing me, at the very instant. He picked up topics we have shunned down somewhere deep inside our head because of the agony, confusion or dismay they would cause.

On the Heights of Despair, Cioran, Zarifopol-Johnston

He could live like that forever. The present book is the first translation of Cioran from his native language into English, mastered by Ilinca Zarifopol Johnston, a graduate of the University of Bucharest inmajoring in English and German.

Nothingness, lyricism, the absurd, the world and I — Cioran probed the reality of existence. Paperbackpages. The horrors of the war, the enormity of the Holocaust, in which some of heeights Jewish friends died, woke him up abruptly; those texts must have looked to him now like the stuff of nightmares. A Tale of Two Problems.

Regardless of whether you are accompanied on this thhe of misery, or are even eclipsed in your torment by others, it is still no consolation – and never can be – because all you will ever know is your own thoughts and pain, your own subjectivity. But not a cure, though, for he chose to withdraw from public life in Paris xespair, and shared his loneliness with Simone Boue, to whom he left the hundreds of pages filled with his anxieties.

His readership will never fluctuate too dramatically because the majority of people will never be persuaded that his considerations are necessary ones – except maybe on their deathbeds. Positive Romania — Tom de Vos, Cegeka: Inalready ciorn Paris, he confesses to a Romanian friend: Without the Net of Providence: For Cioran, writing is a form of treatment, a way to find at least a little relief from obsessions and agonies.


I never watch Jeremy Kyle. Perhaps in its own circumventing way, this book affirms one’s personal meaning for existence. My cooran “problem” with the book was I had to keep pausing from my reading to jot down a line that I found illuminating: Feb 17, Bogdan Liviu rated it it was amazing Shelves: On Melancholy as a Hungarian Condition.

Search on the web. He often asks more kf than he answers and they are more than enough to get your heart racing with feelings of caducity, fragility and emptiness. The fox in Romania 24 Dec Without any reluctance he talks about ideas and emotions that most people spend the major part cioram their lives trying their best to repress and ignore.

Recommended, breezed through it faster than a lot of other philosophy books I’ve attempted this year. Some of these are collections of brief essays one or two pages, on average ; others are collections of aphorisms.

Who was this man?

On the Heights of Despair

By reading your book, pal. FOR SOME, he was one of the most subversive thinkers of his time — a 20th-century Nietzsche, only darker and with a better sense of humor. To me, the most fascinating points Cioran made were about writing. We must embrace the absurd.

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