The Temptations of Emile Cioran

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The Romanian-born Emile Cioran is one of the most important figures of modern French philosophy and literature. Even though most of his French works have been translated into English, this is the first attempt to produce a comprehensive presentation and appraisal of his work to an English-speaking public. Written in the form of a dialogue between two skeptical minds, this book discusses both the pre-war Romanian and post-war French works of Cioran.
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Overview

The Romanian-born Emile Cioran is one of the most important figures of modern French philosophy and literature. Even though most of his French works have been translated into English, this is the first attempt to produce a comprehensive presentation and appraisal of his work to an English-speaking public. Written in the form of a dialogue between two skeptical minds, this book discusses both the pre-war Romanian and post-war French works of Cioran.
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Philosopher Kluback and scientist Finkenthal trade views about the work of Rumanian-born Cioran (1911-95), who became an important figure in modern French philosophy and literature. They suggest that accusations that he was xenophobic, anti-Semitic, immoral, and hypocritical might be exaggerated and self-serving. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 An Introduction to Emile Cioran 1
2 Unveiling a Cioran Portrait 9
3 Adding Shades to the Cioran Portrait 23
4 The Fatigue of Being 35
5 The Making of a French Author 49
6 The Defiance of Indifference 59
7 The Botched Creation 73
8 "Murderous Curiosity" 87
9 A Buddhist "Zoon Politikon"? 99
10 The Veil of Death 109
11 Cioran on Death and Religion 121
12 The Gnomic Poet 131
13 The Gnomic Philosopher 143
14 Adventures into the Enchanted Forests of Emile Cioran 153
15 A Short Treatise 165
16 A Journey with Emile Cioran and Joseph de Maistre 175
17 The Jews 189
18 Cioran and the Jews 203
19 Epilogues 215
a The Scattering of Thoughts 215
b On the Day Emile Cioran Died 221
c An Encounter: Emile Cioran and Samuel Beckett 225
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