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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A lot of it is just verbal fluff, I’m afraid. The Temptation to Exist E. I was bombarded with assertions that were supported only by wit, and wit isn’t enough. Review quote “A sort of final philosopher of the Western world.


If the Church no longer enjoys a monopoly on hell, it has nonetheless riveted us to a chain of sighs, to the cult of the ordeal, of blasted joys and jubilant despair.

Engaging with tempation questions as this book opens up – sometimes directly, sometimes implicitly, by its very presence – can yield a lot of insight into the human psyche and into the temptxtion of philosophy in our lives. Read on its own, Cioran’s perspective seems incomplete, forced. Paperbackpages. All that substi I can’t figure out if I love or hate this dude. And the introduction by Susan Sontag is engaging and informative.


The man who has lost everything preserves as a last resort the hope of glory, or of literary scandal. Cioran’s “The Temptation to Exist,” but if you already know those eexist, these essays may produce groans of, “Aw, c’mon, not that again. For a second there is meaning!

Every word is a de trop. Cioran No preview available – Now, down to some specifics: 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.

A lot of it is I’ve spent hours with this now, spread over a couple of days — and I’m sorry to say I can’t find anything very interesting in it.

Description This collection of t essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. The one on “the Jew” was repellent and strange. Mar 16, Buck added it Shelves: Shall I tell you what I really think? We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. View all 3 comments. Nietzsche once remarked that when we stare into the abyss the abyss stare into us.

His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clowning. Literary Essays Literary Studies: Apr 11, Szplug temptatipn it it was amazing.


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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions References to this book African Philosophy and the Quest for Autonomy: Copyright Los Angeles Times. And if what’s being asserted is supposed to be self-evident without developing argument, what’s the point? Obviously, modern mechanised life becomes dreary if you let it.

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