Letter To A Faraway Friend – E.M. CIORAN

Never to have occasion to take a position, to make up one’s mind, or to define oneself—there is no wish I make more often. But we do not always master our moods, those attitudes in the bud, those rough drafts of theory. Viscerally inclined to systems, we ceaselessly construct them, especially in politics, domain of… Continue lendo Letter To A Faraway Friend – E.M. CIORAN

Prefácio à edição inglesa do Breviário de Decomposição – Eugene THACKER

Eugene Thacker é filósofo, poeta, escritor e professor de media studies em The New School , na cidade de Nova York. Sua produção se concentra, em grande parte, em temas como filosofia do niilismo e pessimismo filosófico. Entre seus livros estão In the Dust of This Planet (parte da trilogia Horror of Philosophy) e Infinite… Continue lendo Prefácio à edição inglesa do Breviário de Decomposição – Eugene THACKER

Cioran’s A Short History of Decay (1949): Foreword by Eugene THACKER

There are writers that one seeks out, and there are writers that one stumbles upon. Emil Cioran is arguably of the latter kind. Such was my own introduction to his work, as a student meandering one rainy afternoon in a used bookstore in Seattle. In the philosophy section, probably squeezed between “Cicero” and “Confucius,” was… Continue lendo Cioran’s A Short History of Decay (1949): Foreword by Eugene THACKER

Book review: “The Temptation to Exist”, by E.M. Cioran (David Rodman Smith)

LOS ANGELES TIMES, July 27, 1986 The Temptation to Exist: by E. M. Cioran; translated by Richard Howard; introduction by Susan Sontag (Seaver: $17.95; 223 pp.) 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," but if… Continue lendo Book review: “The Temptation to Exist”, by E.M. Cioran (David Rodman Smith)

“E.M. Cioran: a philosopher dedicated to skepticism” (Joseph Coates)

Chicago Tribune, June 23, 1991 Anathemas and AdmirationsBy E.M. CioranTranslated from the French by Richard HowardArcade, 256 pages, $22.95 People who read philosophers for entertainment (probably a larger constituency than the average American publisher would estimate) want thinkers who can also write, and such readers have had hard slogging in the 20th Century. Wittgenstein`s life… Continue lendo “E.M. Cioran: a philosopher dedicated to skepticism” (Joseph Coates)

“A fanatic without conviction” (Charles Newman)

"And there, sir, lies the entire problem, to have within oneself the inseparable reality and the material clarity of feeling, to have it in such a degree that the feeling cannot but express itself, to have a wealth of words and of formal constructions which can join in the dance, serve one's purpose-and at the… Continue lendo “A fanatic without conviction” (Charles Newman)

“The problem of the absent God” (John Weightman)

The New York Times, May 23, 1976 These two books are almost twins, although at first sight they may appear very remote from each other, since they emerge from very different cultural backgrounds. Both authors are now in their early sixties and use French as their literary language, though it is not in the full… Continue lendo “The problem of the absent God” (John Weightman)

“Gazing Into the abyss” (David Bromwich)

The New York Times, january 19, 1975 E. M. Cioran fled Rasinari, Rumania, to settle in Paris. France, in 1937. He was then in his twenties, just out of the university, and exile—the necessary condition of sympathy for a prophet—seems to have been his first and final calling. Alone and unfettered, he dwells in a… Continue lendo “Gazing Into the abyss” (David Bromwich)

“When Adam ate the apple, God lost His head” (Peter Caws)

The New York Times, March 14, 1971 E. M. Cioran, two among whose half‐dozen books are now, with the publication of “The Fall Into Time,” available in English, is a brilliant and original exponent of a rare genre, the philosophical essay. The taste for such writing, and especially for Cioran's, can for most of us… Continue lendo “When Adam ate the apple, God lost His head” (Peter Caws)

“The doubter of doubt” (David Davidar)

THE HINDU India, Sunday, August 26, 2001 MY favourite philosopher E.M Cioran was a world class grump. Pictures of him show a gaunt old man with a faint resemblance to that other supreme misanthrope Samuel Beckett. There were other resemblances between the Romanian and the Irishman. They were friends and both lived in exile in Paris.… Continue lendo “The doubter of doubt” (David Davidar)