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

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”. No, Cioran did not become a champion of liberal democracy. The books he wrote in Romanian especially display this latter characteristic. He was a thinker passionate about history; widely reading the writers that were associated with the period of ” decadent “.

There is less than a week left to support our matching grant fund drive! Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. When his book on mysticism went to the printers, the typesetter — a good, God-fearing man — realizing how blasphemous its contents were, refused to touch it; the publisher washed his hands of the matter and the author had to publish the blasphemy elsewhere, at his own expense. Is the gap so wide between an inferno and a ravaging paradise? A Short History of Decay.

Human existence, at its core, is endless anguish and despair, and writing can make things a bit more bearable.


I pretend interest in what matters nothing to me, I bestir myself mechanically or out of charity, without ever being caught up, without ever being somewhere. He had finally realized what he was after: The Trouble with Being Born. While in Berlinhe became interested in the policies of the Nazi regimecontributed emill 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 emik 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”[3] and, in a letter meil to Petru Comarnescudescribed himself as “a Hitlerist “.

I no longer want to be, nor can still be, a man. As someone who entertained such an intimate relationship with failure, it is no wonder that Cioran was suspicious of success: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He revisits suicide in depth in The New Godswhich contains a section of wioran devoted to the subject. This, too, was a spectacular failure, the last attempt he made to keep a full-time job. Cioran was born and grew up in Transylvania, a province that had for a long time been part of the Wioran Empire, and only lately, inbecame part of the Romanian kingdom. Romanian Jews were hunted down and murdered in cold blood, their properties looted and burned to the ground, while the gentile population was subjected to brutal religious-fundamentalist brainwashing.

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

One day you look for yourself in the mirror only to discover someone else there staring at you. University of Iowa Press. For seven years I could barely sleep.

In a conversation with Spanish philosopher Fernando Savater, Cioran says at one point: The result was a more nuanced philosophizing and a more humane thinker: Inalready in Paris, he confesses to a Romanian friend: I have glimpsed this state, and have often attained it, without managing to remain there: Eventually, the words failed him: To take advantage of all LARB has to offer, please create an account or log in before joining When Cioran’s mother spoke to him of abortion, he confessed that it did not disturb him, but made an extraordinary impression which led ekil an insight about the nature of existence “I’m simply an accident.


And it is this mediocrity, this impotence, that saves society, that assures its continuance, its stability. At some point, he started writing and speaking almost exclusively in French he used Romanian only for cursing, for which French he found was poorly equipped.


We once had this illness, from which nobody wants to believe we have recovered. Man alone, in nature, is incapable of enduring monotony, man alone wants something to happen at all costs — something, anything Wikiquote has quotations related to: Each case of failure has a physiognomy and a beauty all of its own, and it takes a subtle connoisseur like Cioran to tell a seemingly banal but in fact great failure from a noisy yet mediocre one.

Then there was the Paris church scene: Cioran became most famous while smil not in Romanian but French, a language with which he had struggled since his youth. Cioran started to forget at such an alarming rate that he had to be interned. Not only can individuals end up as failures, Cioran believed, but also societies, peoples, and countries.