The aphoristic style of this French-Rumanian thinker has been rightly compared to Nietzsche. Cioran writes of the ineffectuality of “”the Good. Emil Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both . He revisits suicide in depth in The New Gods, which contains a section of aphorisms devoted to the subject. The theme of human alienation, the most. E. M. CIORAN. The New Gods hoever finds it interesting to consider the unfolding pag? eant of irreducible ideas and beliefs would do well to fix his attention on.

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His writings is like that of someone possessed; subversive, demoniacal, anti-inspirational, feverish and finally enchanting.

Emil Cioran

All the rest is secondary. The tyrant lies awake — that is what defines him. Dear Cillie, What awful news!

Lest these reflections remain on a level of abstraction, or needlessly luxuriate in the most pessimistic consequences to be drawn from human history, he brings us right into the secular present:. Refresh and try again. Madness is perhaps merely an affliction which no longer develops. In its original form, the book expressed sympathy for totalitarianism[6] a view which was also present in various articles Cioran wrote at the time, [7] and which aimed to establish ” urbanization and industrialization ” as “the two obsessions of a rising people”.

By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. It is not quite like any book I’ve ever read before, I can confidently state that. Romanian philosopher and essayist. Anyone who is depressed should probably skim over this section, or just skip the book completely. Leezee Lee rated it really liked it Jul 19, The books he wrote in Romanian especially display this latter characteristic. Moreover, knowledge as such gets one no further. We owe death almost everything.


A decision taken by the Court of Appeal of Paris stopped the commercial sale of the collection. He later renounced not only his support for the Iron Guard, but also their nationalist ideas, and frequently expressed regret and repentance for his emotional implication in it.

Where will Europe be by the time you receive this letter? Inhe left for Paris with a scholarship from the French Institute of Bucharestwhich was then prolonged until So simple a fact as looking at a knife and realizing that it depends only on yourself to make a certain use of it gives you a sensation of sovereignty which can turn to megalomania. Aug 03, Antonio Delgado rated it really liked it.

The first third of the book is absolutely superb, not that a typical person would agree with much of it, but that it gets you to think about things in a different way. For example, in a interview, he condemned it as “a complex of movements; more than this, a demented sect and a party”, saying, “I found out then [ And it’s always nice to see the Bogomils getting a shout-out.

However, Cioran’s pessimism in fact, his skepticismeven nihilism remains both inexhaustible and, in its own particular manner, joyful; it is not the sort of pessimism which can be traced back to simple origins, single origins themselves being questionable. One of these writers was Oswald Spengler who influenced Cioran’s political philosophy in glds he offered Gnostic reflections on the destiny of man and civilization.

The New Gods by Emil M. Cioran

I can put two aphorisms that are contradictory right next to each other. The Gods of Augustan Rome R.

Christianity once had the vitality to fight this battle, but has for quite some time now settled into the worst form of religious mediocrity. Awakening is independent of intellectual capacities: Wikiquote has quotations related to: Preoccupied with the problems of 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.


The only true solitude is where we brood upon the urgency of gkds prayer—a prayer posterior to God and to faith itself. This last period in Romania was the one in which he exhibited a closer cuoran with the Iron Guard, which by then had taken power see National Legionary State. Cioran woos it with honeyed words and knowing smiles. Suicide is a sudden accomplishment, a lightning like deliverance: When Cioran’s mother spoke to him of abortion, he confessed that it did not disturb him, but made an extraordinary impression which led to an insight about the nature of existence “I’m simply an accident.

Everything blurs and fades in human beings except the look in their eyes and the voice: Is his writing dangerous in some way that should, for example, prevent me from including his aphorisms at the end of group emails? Ionesco flees it in a panic while Mr. About E M Cioran E.

Sickness gives flavor to want, it intensifies, it picks up poverty. And I could tell you in nearly every case why I wrote this or that phrase, and when. Agathangelos rated it it was amazing Jan 19, Were you able to take a little money with you?