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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Only a dictatorship of the irrational, the like of which Cioran has seen in Germany, can save this country from itself. Congressmen and Senators, she was allowed to emigrate to the United States in Harris – – The Hague: He just states how sick he is of life. And in the case of Emil Cioran, that way of thinking is refreshingly bitter; beautiful in its sadness. The difference between regimes is less important than it appears; you are alone by force, we without constraint. Cioran was someone who in his youth got involved in catastrophic political projects which he regretted all his lifewho changed countries and languages and had to start everything from scratch, who was a perpetual exile and lived a marginal life, who was almost never employed and nearly always on the verge of poverty.


E M Cioran – On the Heights of Despair

Be the first to ask a question about On the Heights of Despair. In the end, I find it a little sad and pathetic that Cioran will never be read as much as he deserves to heighst. You’ll realise that subjectivity is all you can go on, something which Cioran gets at very early in the book.

And if you lose, does it really matter? Impossibly passive and self-effacing, Romanians have missed all the chances to leave any teh trace in the world. If the meaninglessness of the world is justified, then don’t condemn yourself for choosing to watch Jeremy Kyle when you know someone cloran is out there churning out works of art. P One of the best nurseries I have ever seen! He knew how to appreciate a worthwhile case of failure, how to observe its unfolding and savor its complexity.

His rigorous training in philosophy came in handy; Cioran would come with his exquisite conversation and sing for his supper. Translated by Richard Howard Oxford: Quotes from On the Heights of Search on the web.

How can one be something so close to nothingness, so unlikely to exist? The horrors of the war, the enormity of the Holocaust, in which some of his Jewish friends died, woke him up abruptly; those texts must have looked to him now like the stuff of nightmares.

Here the winning skills were different: In Bucharest Vespair met lots of people, many interesting heighs, especially losers, who would show up at the cafe, talking endlessly heigts doing nothing.


He studied it from varying angles and at different moments, as true connoisseurs tend to, and looked for it in the most unexpected places. Me, Myself, and Hitler.

And what exactly made Hitler so great? I closed my eyes after finishing this book and thought about the futility of life and surprisingly, a chain, a perceptible pattern of thoughts started to come out and torturing me, at the very instant.

He doesn’t even claim to know what the proper reaction should be. Published October 1st by University of Chicago Press first published After spending two years in Germany, Cioran arrived in Paris in And he was right to do so. Or final review if I forget By Min Hyoung Song.

Early on, he started practicing it himself, and he did so in style.

But even as he applied for the scholarship he knew full well that he would never write it. Eventually, the words failed him: Some can’t be resisted, like gravity. RO is one of To him “An existence which does not hide a great madness has no value. Inalready in Paris, he confesses to a Romanian friend: Then the working of time made him see things ever more clearly.