An Unheard-of Reflection On/Against The Image, by E.M. CIORAN

An enigmatic text, mostly unheard-of by even the most knowledgeable experts in the matter of Cioran, is among the selected writings that compose Contra la Historia [Against History], a collection of aphorisms and essays edited by Esther Seligson, with the purpose of diffusing Cioran's writings in the Spanish-speaking world when his books were just starting… Continue lendo An Unheard-of Reflection On/Against The Image, by E.M. CIORAN

“Encounters with the void” (E.M. Cioran)

The Hudson Review, Vol. 23, No. 1 (Spring, 1970), pp. 37-48 Transl. by Frederick Brown THE MORE WE PONDER Buddha's last exhortation: "Death is inherent in all compound things. Work relentlessly for your salvation"-the more we are disturbed by the impossibility of feeling ourselves an aggregate, a transitory, if not fortuitous combination of elements. We… Continue lendo “Encounters with the void” (E.M. Cioran)

“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)

“The new gods” (E. M. Cioran)

The Hudson Review, Vol. 21, No. 1, 20th Anniversary Issue (Spring, 1968), pp. 39-52. Translated by Frederick Brown. * Whoever finds it interesting to consider the unfolding pageant of irreducible ideas and beliefs would do well to fix his attention on the first centuries of the Christian era. There he will find the very model… Continue lendo “The new gods” (E. M. Cioran)

“The evil demiurge” (E. M. Cioran)

The Hudson Review, vol. 20, no. 2 (Summer, 1967), pp. 189-200. Translated by Frederick Brown from CIORAN, E. M., "Le mauvais démiurge", Le mauvais démiurge. Paris: Gallimard: 1969. Man, apart from a few anomalies, does not have a bent for the good; what god would prompt him to it? To perform the tiniest act untainted… Continue lendo “The evil demiurge” (E. M. Cioran)