If the expression “metaphysical exile” had no meaning, my existence alone would afford it one. Emil Cioran (8 April – 20 June ) was a Romanian. Emil Cioran (–) was a Romanian-born French philosopher and author of some two dozen books of savage, unsettling beauty. Emil Cioran, Self: La memoria fértil. Emil Cioran was born on April 8, in Rasinari, Romania as Emil Mihail Cioran. He died on June 20, in Paris.

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For the life of him Cioran cannot accept such a people as his own. This split personality characterized the later Cioran, and it makes sense, for a philosopher who sees the world as a failure of grand proportions, to mock the cosmic order and himself in the process by pretending that there is some meaning emkl there is none.

Sjoran work has been noted for its pervasive philosophical pessimismand frequently engages with issues of suffering, decay, and nihilism. In its original form, the book expressed sympathy for totalitarianismsiorqn 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”.

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.

He could live like that forever. In Bucharest I met lots of people, many interesting people, especially losers, who would show silran at the cafe, talking endlessly and doing nothing.


At the climax of failure, at the moment when shame is about to do us in, suddenly we are swept away by a frenzy of pride which lasts only long enough to drain us, to leave us without energy, to lower, with our powers, the intensity of our shame.

Cioran was obsessed with it: Translated by Richard Howard. When it comes to failing, a thinker — even one as notoriously irresponsible as the young Cioran was — could hardly sink any lower. He revisits suicide in depth in The New Godswhich contains a section of aphorisms devoted to the subject.

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The result was a more nuanced philosophizing and a more humane thinker: Costica Bradatan is the author most recently of Dying for Ideas. Suicidenihilismethicsliterature.

People who did nothing all their lives, but who otherwise were brilliant. It is all the same whether you achieve something or not, have faith or not, just as it is all the same whether you cry or remain silent.

Amid the manuscripts, which were mainly drafts of works that had already been published, an unedited journal was found which encompassed his life after the year in which his Notebooks end.

This page was last edited on 25 Decemberat The Eternal Question of Chess. The mix of intellectual brilliance and a striking sense of personal failure that some of them exhibited gained his unconditional, perpetual admiration:. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Emil Cioran.


He was a thinker passionate about history; widely reading the writers that were associated with the period of ” decadent “. Early on, he started practicing it himself, and he did so in style.

Cioran wrote himself out of death over and over again. Destroy All Rock Novels.

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Doing so would have been the failure of his life. Here the winning skills were different: Schopenhauer’s ‘The World as Will and Representation’: When an interviewer asked him about his working routines, Cioran answered: Impossibly passive and self-effacing, Romanians have missed all the chances to leave any significant trace in the world.

Although I feel that my tragedy is the greatest in history—greater than the fall of empires—I am nevertheless aware of my total insignificance. Be the first to learn about new releases! One day you look for yourself in the mirror only to discover someone else there staring at you.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: I no longer want to be, nor can still be, a man. Cioran and the Rise of Fascism in Romaniapublished in English ingives an in-depth analysis of The Transfiguration.

The difference between regimes is less important than it appears; you are alone by force, we without constraint.