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Cioran’s first book “On the Heights of Despair”, brings together all the themes from his later work: death, loneliness, disease, suffering, the. The dark, existential despair of Romanian philosopher Cioran’s short meditations is paradoxically bracing and life-affirming. Written in , when he was On the Heights of Despair shows Cioran’s first grappling with themes he would return to in his mature works: despair and decay, absurdity and alienation, futility .

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First, an odd notion seems to fioran hatched in his mind that he is not allowed to separate his personal worth from the historical merits of the national community to which he belongs.

He first encountered failure in his native land, among his fellow Romanians. My only “problem” with the book was I had to keep pausing from my reading to jot down a line that I found I do think I may have finally found a philosopher whose work I can not only relate to but utterly enjoy.

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Tears and Saints, — all of which are themes that one finds again in his French writings. Such a communist political regime has pretty much killed off the communist idea itself.

For Cioran, just like Montaigne og centuries earlier, writing has a distinctive performative function: There is a reason why certain authors, regardless of their genius, are destined to remain relatively anonymous to the wider world. Atheism and the Human Adventure. He’s too honest and blatant. His pessimistic view on existence is due to the nonexistence of objective truth.


Puts him in the company of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard. Nothingness, lyricism, the absurd, the world and I — Cioran probed the reality of existence. But even as he applied for the scholarship he beights full well that he would never write it.

Cioran’s work may kill you.

Of Borges he once said: Michael Theunissen – – Princeton University Press. In The Trouble with Being Bornone of the aphorisms reads: Edited by Kenneth R. His French books were neither sold nor published in translation, and his Romanian books had disappeared without a onn.

On the Heights of Despair

He has stated that he chose writing as an alternative to suicide. For writing, he believed, is not about being consistent, nor about persuasion or keeping a readership entertained; writing is not even about literature.

All such cuts, changes, and revisions were either made by or approved by heightx author, who has also cut additional passages and sections that were conceptually repetitive.

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. Science Logic and Mathematics.

The book — to remain one of his finest in both Romanian and French — marked the beginning of a strong, intimate link in his life between writing and sleeplessness:.

Trivia About On the Heights of This is a sad book, I am not denying it.

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The translation is solid and does justice to Cioran’s reputation as a Romanian bard philosopher. 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.


Congressmen and Senators, she was allowed to emigrate to the United States in View all 5 comments. Eventually, the words failed him: He didn’t even claim that it’s the right thing to do because there is no good or evil and everything is subjective -Nietzsche again.

Book Insider: On the heights of despair by Emil Cioran

When an interviewer asked him about his working routines, Cioran answered: It also presents Cioran as a connoisseur of apocalypse, a theoretician of despair, for whom writing and philosophy both share the “lyrical virtues” that alone lead to a metaphysical revelation. The Dangerous Eespair of the Philosophers Bloomsbury, Humans just aren’t very good by and large at contemplating death and the futility of the things they fill their days with. Reflections From Modern Indian Painting.

The most relentlessly-pessimistic author not to have killed himself and, therefore, the writer of our only true solace: Everything else failed in comparison.

At one point during his long, final suffering, in a brief moment of lucidity, Cioran whispered to himself: When Cioran eventually quit, the principal, to celebrate, drank himself into a stupor. Indiana University Press,