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Cioran, E. M. (Emile M.) 1911-1995

Overview
Works: 578 works in 1,863 publications in 4 languages and 17,416 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Miscellanea  Diaries 
Roles: Author of introduction, Editor, Other, Interviewee, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Dedicatee, Correspondent, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator
Classifications: AC25, 194
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Most widely held works by E. M Cioran
The temptation to exist by E. M Cioran ( Book )
16 editions published between 1968 and 2012 in English and held by 875 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers
A short history of decay by E. M Cioran ( Book )
12 editions published between 1975 and 2012 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
E.M. Cioran confronts the place of today's world in the context of human history-focusing on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and science-in this nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century Europe. Touching upon Man's need to worship, the feebleness of God, the downfall of the Ancient Greeks and the melancholy baseness of all existence, Cioran's pieces are pessimistic in the extreme, but also display a beautiful certainty that renders them delicate, vivid, and memorable
The trouble with being born by E. M Cioran ( Book )
12 editions published between 1976 and 2013 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this volume, which reaffirms the uncompromising brilliance of his mind, Cioran strips the human condition down to its most basic components, birth and death, suggesting that disaster lies not in the prospect of death but in the fact of birth, ""that laughable accident."" In the lucid, aphoristic style that characterizes his work, Cioran writes of time and death, God and religion, suicide and suffering, and the temptation to silence. In all his writing, Cioran cuts to the heart of the human experience
On the heights of despair by E. M Cioran ( Book )
5 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This book saved my life." So recalls the Romanian philosopher E.M. Cioran about a book that meditates on madness and death, the absurdity of existence, and the agony of consciousness. Cioran finds in our darkest fears not only reasons to continue living but also the comic, absurd humor in doing so. This early work by Cioran, whom Susan Sontag calls "the most distinguished figure in the tradition of Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein," and Marc Fumaroli recently described as "a legend ... a master of French prose," portrays the philosophical mind in the crisis of its self-consuming fever. Born out of a terrible insomnia which Cioran characterizes as "a dizzying lucidity which would turn even paradise into hell," On the Heights of Despair was written in Romania in 1934 at the age of twenty-two. It presents us with the youthful Cioran, who described himself as "a Nietzsche still complete with his Zarathustra, his poses, his mystical clown's tricks, a whole circus of the heights." It also presents Cioran as a connoisseur of apocalypse, a theoretician of despair. For Cioran, writing and philosophy are closely related to physical suffering: both share the "lyrical virtues" that alone lead to metaphysical revelation. The result is a book that becomes a substitute for as well as an antidote to suicide. By enacting the struggle of the Romantic soul against God, the universe, and itself, Cioran releases a saving burst of lyrical energy that carries him safely out of his desperation. On the Heights of Despair shows the philosopher's first grappling with themes he would return to in his mature works: despair and decay, absurdity and alienation, futility and the irrationality of existence. Yet the bracing verve of Cioran's writing and his earthy good humor point toward the elegant stylist of later works. An exorcism of despair, On the Heights of Despair offers insight into the ironic anguish of this philosophical mind. It also gives readers a fascinating look at Cioran's early development, opening new perspectives on his evolution as a writer and thinker
Anathemas and admirations by E. M Cioran ( Book )
7 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
?Instead of accumulating wisdom, he has shed certainties. Instead of reaching out to touch someone, he has fastidiously cultivated his exemplary solitude. If he is an aphorist, he's one who resembles Nietzsche, not Kahlil Gibran.??Edmund White, The New York Times In this collection of essays and epigrams, E.M. Cioran gives us portraits and evaluations?which he calls admirations?of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the poet Paul Valery, and Mircea Eliade, among others. In alternating sections of aphorisms?his anathemas?he delivers insights on such topics as solitude, flattery, vanity, friendship, insomnia, music, mortality, God, and the lure of disillusion
History and utopia by E. M Cioran ( Book )
6 editions published between 1960 and 1998 in English and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The fall into time by E. M Cioran ( Book )
1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tears and saints by E. M Cioran ( Book )
5 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 418 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Following Nietzsche, Cioran brings to light the political element hidden in saints' lives. In his hands, their charitable deeds are much less interesting than their thirst for pain and their equally powerful capacity to endure it. What Cioran calls the "voluptuousness of suffering" is epitomized by Margaret Mary Alacoque's classic statement: "None of my sufferings has been equal to that of not having suffered enough." Behind this suffering and their uncanny ability to renounce everything through ascetic practices, Cioran detects a fanatical will to power
The new gods by E. M Cioran ( Book )
6 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Précis de décomposition by E. M Cioran ( Book )
60 editions published between 1949 and 2010 in French and Undetermined and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Réédition du premier essai de Cioran (1949). Obnubilé par le déclin de l'Occident, considérant les idéologies et les doctrines comme des "farces sanglantes", cet auteur a sans doute droit au titre de premier "Nouveau philosophe". Une pensée lucide, cynique, qu'on comprend mieux en sachant que Cioran est d'origine roumaine. Percutant. Et quel style. Selon S. Jaudeau (en 1990), un livre très balkanique par ses outrances, son style baroque et son lyrisme révolté
Œuvres by E. M Cioran ( Book )
29 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in French and Undetermined and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conformément à la volonté de l'auteur, aucun commentaire n'a été ajouté au texte des quinze livres reproduits. Un appendice, intitulé "glossaire", p. 1733-1794, est constitué d'extraits d'entretiens accordés par Cioran depuis 1970, et de courts extraits de la correspondance du grand "apatride ##métaphysique#" (selon Cioran, parlant de lui-même, en 1977) qui affirmait, en 1988, que "les vrais problèmes échappent aux philosophes". L'ordre choisi par l'éditeur se veut le plus proche possible de la date d'écriture et de compositions de chaque livre. Environ 70 illustrations avec courtes légendes (portraits, manuscrits, dédicaces, oeuvres d'art et correspondances)
Histoire et utopie by E. M Cioran ( Book )
38 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in French and Undetermined and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
De l'inconvénient d'être né by E. M Cioran ( Book )
41 editions published between 1973 and 2009 in French and Undetermined and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Aucune volupté ne surpasse celle qu'on éprouve à l'idée qu'on aurait pu se maintenir dans un état de pure possibilité
Drawn and quartered by E. M Cioran ( Book )
9 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this collection of aphorisms and short essays, E.M. Cioran sets about the task of peeling off the layers of false realities with which society masks the truth. For him, real hope lies in this task, and thus, while he perceives the world darkly, he refuses to give in to despair. He hits upon this ultimate truth by developing his notion of human history and events as ""a procession of delusions, "" striking out at the so-called ""Fallacies of Hope."" By examining the relationship between truth and action and between absolutes, unknowables, and frauds, Cioran comes out, for once, in f
Syllogismes de l'amertume by E. M Cioran ( Book )
43 editions published between 1952 and 1997 in French and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La tentation d'exister by E. M Cioran ( Book )
36 editions published between 1956 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Il n'est pas aisé de tourner le dos aux évidences de la négation. L'auteur s'y est astreint, sans y parvenir toujours. Le non m'excède (leitmotiv du dernier chapitre) est comme la clef d'un livre où le oui surgit plutôt d'une nostalgie que d'un raisonnement. Ceux qui, éprouvant le vide comme une certitude affective, l'assimilent à une donnée primordiale de la conscience, comment se hausseraient-ils à l'affirmation ? Rien de plus difficile pour eux que de concevoir l'être; inaptes à le saisir par l'esprit, ils s'évertuent à le conquérir par la volonté, en même temps qu'ils poussent la négation jusqu'au point où elle s'annule elle-même. Il existe un savoir mortel à la vie, destructeur par essence, dont ces essais se réclament et se détournent tout ensemble. Autant dire qu'ils se présentent comme une série de perplexités, comme l'illustration d'un tiraillement. Si, entre l'être et le connaître, l'auteur opte en fin de compte pour le premier, c'est qu'il s'est exercé à penser contre soi, contre ses certitudes : tiraillement encore, qu'il a instauré cette fois au plus intime de lui-même. Dans ses conclusions, La tentation d'exister n'est qu'une protestation contre la lucidité, une apologie pathétique du mensonge, un retour à quelques fictions salutaires. -- Back cover
Valéry face à ses idoles by E. M Cioran ( Book )
15 editions published between 1970 and 2007 in French and English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Essai consacré à l'écriture de P. Valéry. Conçu comme préface à la version américaine des écrits de Valéry sur Léonard, Poe et Mallarmé, ce texte ne parut finalement aux Etats-Unis qu'en revue
All gall is divided : gnomes and apothegms by E. M Cioran ( Book )
3 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"All Gall Is Divided, which reads like the writings of Zarathustra's brother, reveals the conflicts, paradoxes, and rejoicings of existence as understood by a man frequently compared to Samuel Beckett. E. M. Cioran's book of aphorisms focuses on themes such as philosophy, language, death, mystery, melancholy, religion, and love. Laying bare his suspicion that madness ribbons the fringes of a supposedly ordered world, Cioran, as in previous writings, lures us into his realm of painful lucidity and dreamlike precision."--BOOK JACKET
Le Mauvais démiurge by E. M Cioran ( Book )
24 editions published between 1969 and 1992 in French and Undetermined and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Exercices d'admiration : essais et portraits by E. M Cioran ( Book )
10 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in French and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
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Cioran, E. M. (Emile M.), 1911-1995
Cioran, E.M. (Emile Michel)
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Cioran, Emil M. 1911-1995
Cioran, Emil Mihai, 1911-1995
Cioran, Emil Mihail, 1911-1995
Cioran, Émile.
Cioran, Emile 1911-1995
Cioran, Émile M.
Cioran, Émile M., 1911-
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Cioran, Émile Michael.
Cioran, Émile Michel
Cioran, Emile Michel, 1911-
Cioran, Émile Michel 1911-1995
Cioran, Émile Mihail.
Sioran, Emil
Sioran, Emil M.
Sīūrān, Imīl 1911-1995
Сиоран, 1911-1995
Чоран, 1911-1995
Чоран, Эмиль, 1911-1995
إميل سيوران، 1911-1995
シオラン, E. M
Languages
French (344)
English (96)
German (5)
Romanian (1)
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