“A Portrait of Civilized Man” – CIORAN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOx7UQ0mD3E Our determination to banish the irregular, the unexpected, and the misshapen from the human landscape verges on indecency : that certain tribesmen still choose to devour their surplus elders is doubtless deplorable, but I cannot conclude that such picturesque sybarites must be exterminated; after all, cannibalism is a model closed economy, as well as… Continue lendo “A Portrait of Civilized Man” – CIORAN


“A Portrait of Civilized Man” (E. M. Cioran)

The Hudson Review, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Spring, 1964), pp. 9-20. Translated by Marthiel Mathews from CIORAN, E. M., "Portrait de l'homme civilisé", La chute dans le temps, Paris, Gallimard, 1964. OUR RAGE TO RID THE HUMAN SCENE of everything irregular, unexpected, or mis-shapen, borders on indecency. It may of course be deplorable that certain… Continue lendo “A Portrait of Civilized Man” (E. M. Cioran)

“A Bouquet of Heads” (E.M. Cioran)

The Hudson Review, Vol. 15, No. 4 (Winter, 1962-1963), pp. 491-503. Translated from the French by Marthiel Mathews. [Pdf] * Canny Old Socrates IF HE HAD GIVEN US any precise notion of the nature of his demon, he would have squandered a good part of his glory. His canny caution stirred as much curiosity about him… Continue lendo “A Bouquet of Heads” (E.M. Cioran)