Temptation to Exist / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

"An intellectual bombshell that blasts away at all kinds of cant, sham and conventionality. . . . [Cioran's] language is so erotic, his handling of words so seductive, that the act of reading becomes an encounter in the erogenous zone."--Jonah Raskin, L. A. Weekly

E. M. Cioran (1911-1995) was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from 1937 until his death. He is the author of numerous works, including On the Heights of Despair, also available from the University of Chicago Press.

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Jonah Raskin
An intellectual bombshell that blasts away at all kinds of cant, sham and conventionality....[Cioran's] language is so erotic, his handling of words so seductive, that the act of reading becomes an encounter in the erogenous zone. -- Jonah Raskin, L.A. Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226106755
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

E. M. Cioran (1911-1995) was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from 1937 until his death. He is the author of numerous works, including On the Heights of Despair, also available from the University of Chicago Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Susan Sontag Thinking Against Oneself On a Winded Civilization A Little Theory of Destiny Advantages of Exile A People of Solitaries Some Blind Alleys: A Letter Style as Risk Beyond the Novel Dealing with the Mystics Rages and Resignations The Temptation to Exist
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