A Short History of Decay () is E. M. Cioran’s nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid. A Short History of Decay may refer to: A Short History of Decay, translation of Précis de décomposition by Emil Cioran · A Short History of Decay (film), A Short History of Decay. E. M. Cioran. Little, Brown and Co. () Philosophy . On the Heights of Despair.E. M. Cioran – – University of Chicago Press.

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What is true here is fairly uncontroversial: If you enjoy the conflicted experience of feeling: At times, especially when he’s compellingly observing how heroism is the opposite of depth, I was reminded of the works of Jeff Lint – but that may just have been because I was reading this alongside And Your Point Is? Bleak, yet I cloran help but laugh.

E.M. Cioran’s A Short History Of Decay

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It is a mistake to think of Cioran as a philosopher. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to oc most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

How Cioran could live with thoughts like these and not end his own life is beyond me, but like a character out of Beckett he continues going on.

A Short History of Decay

He says himself that poetry is a grander work than philosophy, and ultimately what he’s achieved here is closer icoran the former than the latter.

Quotes from A Short History o Selected pages Table of Contents. Sign in to use this feature. But, I find arguments like this so often amount to burying one’s head in the sand, and throwing the baby out with the bathwater.


Mijn vaderland bestond niet meer, mijn moedertaal ook niet De geschiedenis is een optocht van valse Absoluutheden, een opeenvolging van tempels opgericht omwille van voorwendsels, een vernedering van de geest tegenover het Onwaarschijnlijke. Onze drang naar verafgoding, in eecay met een onvolmaakte God, werpt ons in een afgrond. It is because we are dressed that we entertain immortality: Cioran verwerkte ook zelf graag citaten in zijn teksten.

Having first outgrown his passion for the female saints of the Church, Cioran then “”turned away from philosophy when it became impossible to discover in Kant any human weakness”” and emerged as an “”anti-philosopher”” with an avowed predilection for music, mysticism and poetry.

Rather than attempt to discuss the whole of his work, I will approach him as he presents himself, piecemeal. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Nihilism as a creative act! Refresh and try again.

View all 4 comments. The hermeneutics of the void via prose poetry. Aan de hand van talrijke quotes en verwijzingen spint hij een strak web van intertekstualiteit, zonder dat hierdoor de leesbaarheid in het gedrang komt.

Vroeger had ik een ‘ik’; nu ben ik niet meer dan een object View all 5 comments. What do you get when you mix Diogenes, Heraclitus, Lao zi, the Buddha and La Rochefoucauld in a small piece of coal and crushes it under an infitiny of existential despair and cosmic horror?

But then again, he was only 22 when he s In the Heights of Despair, and any sin of style and exaggeration can be forgiven due to his young age. Hij beschreef zijn vertaalwerk als ‘het eindpunt van een epilepsieaanval’ en de Franse taal vergeleek hij met een dwangbuis.

Oh, the irony I feast on!

And it’s true, he does reads like a mature adult and not a r What do you get when you mix Diogenes, Heraclitus, Lao zi, the Buddha and La Rochefoucauld in a small piece of coal and crushes it under an infitiny of existential despair and cosmic horror? He has elevated neurasthenia to a faith. Cioran confronts the place of today’s world in the context of human history.


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Zoals Cioran aangeeft in de essaybundel ‘Exercices d’admiration’waar hij in het laatste hoofdstukje ‘En relisant Science Logic and Mathematics. Maar dat is nergens storend, integendeel: The Right to Be Happy. deacy

This is the second book of his that I’ve read and it’s even darker than his more youthful syort lighthearted Tears and Saints which was really not the kind of b If you think you hate life, or maybe just the world around you this book will make you kick yourself repeatedly for being just too much of a goddamn optimist.

One for fans fecay existentialism, absurdism, and sshort by Samuel Beckett. Hij noemde zichzelf ooit veelbetekenend ‘un homme de fragment’.

Cioran has me convinced by about the first paragraph that life is absurd, God wasted was a complete failure until he created Bach and totally redeemed himself, people who live in monasteries are egotistical because they care more about their own souls than living with the rest of us Common terms and phrases absolute absurdity abyss action allthe andits andof andthe Angela of Foligno annihilate aspire atthe becomes blood bythe carrion certitudes Cioran civilization conceive consciousness corruption cosmogony Creation creatures death delirium desire despair disasters disease disgust dreams E.

He continued to write in Romanian until the early s he wrote his last article in Romanian inwhich is also the year deccay which he began writing in French. Ciorans stijl is wispelturig, niet-systematisch, idiosyncratisch.