If the expression “metaphysical exile” had no meaning, my existence alone would afford it one. Emil Cioran (8 April – 20 June ) was a Romanian. Emil Cioran (–) was a Romanian-born French philosopher and author of some two dozen books of savage, unsettling beauty. Emil Cioran, Self: La memoria fértil. Emil Cioran was born on April 8, in Rasinari, Romania as Emil Mihail Cioran. He died on June 20, in Paris.

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What should I do? On 28 November, for the state-owned Romanian RadioCioran recorded emio speech centered on the portrait eiml Corneliu Zelea Codreanuformer leader of the movement, praising him and the Guard for, among other things, “having given Romanians a purpose”. All he needed to live securely in France was a student ID, which gave him access to cheap university cafeterias. And what exactly made Hitler so great? When an siorah asked him about his working routines, Cioran answered: In a sense, however, he had already left before he died.

God and the Failure. When it comes to failing, a thinker — even one as notoriously irresponsible as the young Cioran was — could hardly sink any lower. Translated by Richard Howard. You come across in his French books passages on failure of an inspired, drunken wisdom:. But Cioran is nothing if not self-contradictory.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Why take it all so seriously? Be the first to learn about new releases! He was a thinker passionate about history; widely reading the writers that were associated with the period of ” decadent “.

His works often depict an atmosphere of torment, a state that Cioran himself experienced, and came to be dominated by lyricism and, often, the expression of intense and even violent feeling. Views Read Edit View history. A decision taken by the Court of Appeal of Paris stopped the commercial sale of the collection. In History and Utopia Histoire et Utopie, for instance, he notes:.


Emil M. Cioran (Author of On the Heights of Despair)

Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end. Return to Book Page. But am I not already alone in this world from which I no longer expect anything? 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.


Yet Cioran did not content himself with being a distant observer of failure. 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.

Fearing precisely such an ending, he had planned to commit suicide. Paris was, he decided, the right place for someone with his aspirations: Then the working of time aioran him see things ever more clearly.

And he was right eml do so. Translated by Richard Howard Oxford: Thereby he shows himself unworthy of his ancestor: The Trouble with Being Born. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Was boredom unknown to them? Such an existence would be serenity embodied, wisdom in flesh: In his letter Cioran, unsurprisingly, harpoons the political regime set up by Soviet Russia in Eastern Europe for making a mockery of an important philosophical idea. So at a relatively young age Cioran has managed to lock himself within a most serious existential impasse. However, Cioran’s pessimism in fact, his skepticismeven nihilism remains both inexhaustible and, in its own particular manner, joyful; it is not the sort of pessimism which can be traced back to simple origins, single origins themselves being questionable.

In the coming years Cioran himself would be visited by the question, over and over again, with depressing urgency. Many, especially in his youth, thought him to be a dangerous lunatic. But the disease was faster, the plan failed, and Cioran had to die the most humiliating of deaths, one that took several years to do its work.


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University of Iowa Press. The practice of failure can be a bloody business.

In an attempt to transcend the political failures of his youth, he sought to understand their deeper meaning and incorporate this understanding into the texture of his mature thinking. Cioran died on June 20, Gass called Cioran’s work “a philosophical romance on the modern themes of alienation, absurdity, boredom, futility, decay, the tyranny of history, the vulgarities of change, awareness as agony, reason as disease”.

Life can be unbearable, the insomnia is a killer, le cafard is slowly eating you away, and yet this is something you can handle through writing. And so he did, at least for a while:. It is all the same whether you achieve something or not, have faith or not, just as it is all the same whether you cry or remain silent. You wonder sometimes for how long can one toy with failure before being crushed by it? Inhe left for Paris with a scholarship from the French Institute of Bucharestwhich was then prolonged until For example, in a interview, he condemned it as “a complex of movements; more than this, a demented sect and a party”, saying, “I found out then [ For failure is irreducibly unique: