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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He is a deep thinker but I don’t share his instincts or inclinations however many people do whether they are conscious of it or not hastening the end possibly.

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I should invent a did-not-finish bookshelf, just for this one. Cioran knows the abyss. View all 3 comments.

That they are as good poets as they are bad prose writers is to be accounted for readily enough. Because of this, all positions that the creative self constructs specify a determinate mode of delayed self-annihiliation. Obviously, modern mechanised life tfmptation dreary if you let it. Like the veil of things as they seem drawn back by an unseen hand.


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I find Zagajewski’s thought about Cioran to be right on the mark: Reading these postwar essays from the fifties and the sixties he seems to have held on too those values that inspired his allegiance to fascism. How can one resist this title – just the title alone!

The Temptation to Exist

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Unlike the other nations which have had to pass through a whole series of humiliations and defeats, she has known till now only the sterility of an uninterrupted good fortune. My library Help Advanced Book Search. But there are problems inherent in the style, for there is a danger that a manner so self-aware, commanding a matter so nebulous, will drift over the boundary between meaning and posture and put us in view of a literary Muscle Beach.

Oct 20, Ryan Clifton rated it it was amazing Shelves: If, in the future, everything should continue to go as well, her appearance on the scene will have been an accident without influence. This is my second try, temptstion every time I pick Cioran up I just end up wanting to throw the book across the room. To create a literature is to create a prose.

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Mar 20, Geoff marked it as to-read. One cannot keep renewing Hell, whose very characteristic is monotony, or the face of exile either. Cioran turns out to be the arrogant bore you wish you hadn’t invited to dinner. He is also a translator and published more than translations from the French.

Walled up in his own language, he writes for his friends—for ten, for twenty persons at the most. Cioran’s “The Temptation to Exist,” but if you already know those times, these essays may produce groans of, “Aw, c’mon, not that again.

Such, however, is the power of this illusion that if, for instance, he works in some factory, it is with the notion t being freed from it one day or another by a fame as sudden as it is inconceivable.

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And even that very brief essay mostly bored me. Nothing prepared her for hegemony; yet she tends toward it I have to admit here that I ducked out of dinner early, in the middle of the second essay. Femptation is poetry for the resigned.