The Trouble with Being Born by E M Cioran, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. BOOK REVIEW / Warmth at the art of aphorism: The trouble with being born – E M Cioran, trs Richard Howard: Quartet, pounds Emil Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Among his best-known works are On the Heights of Despair () and The Trouble with Being Born (). Cioran’s first French book, A Short History of .

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Not only witg individuals end up as failures, Cioran believed, but also societies, peoples, troubke countries. You write not to go mad, not to kill yourself or others. Cioran could speak so well of failure because he knew it intimately. Except for God, if that word can have a meaning. While in Berlinhe became interested in the policies of the Nazi regimecontributed a column to Vremea dealing with the topic in which Cioran confessed that “there is no present-day politician that I see as more sympathetic and admirable than Hitler “, [2] while expressing his approval for the Night of the Long Knives —”what has humanity lost if the lives of a few imbeciles were taken”ciorqn and, in a letter written to Petru Comarnescudescribed himself as “a Hitlerist “.

The Philosopher of Failure: Emil Cioran’s Heights of Despair – Los Angeles Review of Books

In his books, Cioran never stopped ciogan the gods, except, we might say, for the god of failure, the demiurge of the Gnostics. The result was a more nuanced philosophizing and a more humane thinker: Cioran was not only aware of it, but he also cultivated it all his life. For the life of him Cioran cannot accept such a people as his own. Book ratings by Goodreads.


Hitler is conspicuously the man in charge, and Cioran is appropriately impressed. He was a thinker passionate about history; widely reading the writers that were associated with the period of ” decadent “. One day you look for yourself in the mirror only to discover someone else there staring at you.

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. His fabulous sense of humor apparently he lost last. And now Cioran was praising him. One so intense I am afraid to rejoice in it. In November that year, he writes to his friend Mircea Eliade: Far from fleeing monotony, animals crave it, and what they most dread is to see it end.

His classes were in a perpetual state of chaos, and the students were as puzzled as his colleagues by this unlikeliest of teachers. This last period in Romania was the one in which he exhibited a closer relationship with the Iron Guard, which by then had taken power see National Legionary State.

For it ends, only to be replaced by fear, the cause of all activity. This notion gave me the taste, even the passion for being unproductive: Here the winning skills were different: When it comes to failing, a thinker — woth one as notoriously irresponsible as the young Cioran was — could hardly sink any lower. All he needed to live securely in France was a student ID, which gave him access to cheap university cafeterias.

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Preoccupied with the problems wiht death and suffering, he was attracted to the idea of suicidebelieving it to be an idea that could help one go on living, an idea which he fully explored in On the Heights of Despair. In a letter to another friend, Petru Comarnescu Decemberhe wrote:.


But their philosophical tastes were slightly different, and as a result, Noica had to pay with several years of political prison for engaging in it. At the climax of failure, at the moment when shame is about to do us in, suddenly we are swept away by a frenzy of pride which lasts only long enough to drain us, to leave us without energy, to lower, with our powers, the intensity of our shame.

You’ll then be redirected back to LARB. Cioran died of Alzheimer’s disease [16] and is buried at the Montparnasse Cemetery. He must have ciotan a profound familiarity with failure — even a flair for it. In Bucharest I met lots of people, many interesting people, especially losers, who would show up at the cafe, talking endlessly and doing nothing.

I would give the whole universe and all of Shakespeare for a grain of ataraxy. Regarding GodCioran has noted that “without BachGod would be a complete second rate figure” and that “Bach’s music is the only argument proving the creation eith the Universe cannot be regarded as a complete failure”.

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The Trouble with Being Born

The lifelong practice of failure, along with an obsessive reflection on it, eventually changed Cioran. A non-citizen, a marginal type, a nothing who exists only by the excess, by the superabundance of his nothingness. With him, self-contradiction is not even a weakness, but the sign a mind is alive.