Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston's critical biography of the Romanian-born French philosopher E. M. Cioran focuses on his crucial formative years as a mystical revolutionary attracted to right-wing nationalist politics in interwar Romania, his writings of this period, and his self-imposed exile to France in 1937. This move led to his transformation into one of the most famous French moralists of the 20th century. As an enthusiast of the anti-rationalist philosophies widely popular in Europe during the first decades of the 20th century, Cioran became an advocate of the fascistic Iron Guard. In her quest to understand how Cioran and other brilliant young intellectuals could have been attracted to such passionate national revival movements, Zarifopol-Johnston, herself a Romanian emigré, sought out the aging philosopher in Paris in the early 1990s and retraced his steps from his home village of Rasinari and youthful years in Sibiu, through his student years in Bucharest and Berlin, to his early residence in France. Her portrait of Cioran is complemented by an engaging autobiographical account of her rediscovery of her own Romanian past.
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About the Author
Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston (1952–2005) was Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. She translated two books by E. M. Cioran from Romanian, On the Heights of Despair and Tears and Saints, and is author of To Kill a Text: The Dialogic Fiction of Hugo, Dickens and Zola.
Kenneth R. Johnston is Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of The Hidden Wordsworth: Poet, Lover, Rebel, Spy and co-editor of Romantic Revolutions: Criticism and Theory (IUP, 1990). He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Table of Contents
ContentsEditor's PrefaceNote on Romanian Spelling and PronunciationForeword by Matei CalinescuChronology: E. M. Cioran
Part 1. The Romanian Life of Emil Cioran Introduction: Cioran's Revenge 1. Răşinari, Transylvania, 1911–1921 2. Sibiu, 1921–1928 3. Bucharest, 1928–1933 4. Berlin, 1933–1935 5. Romania's Transfiguration, 1935–1937 6. Romania's Transfiguration, Continuing Controversy 7. Tears and Saints, 1937 8. Stranger in Paris 9. Conclusion: The Lyrical Virtues of TotalitarianismPart 2. Memoirs of a Publishing Scoundrel Prelude Paris, 1992–1994 Romania, 1994 Paris, 1995 Romania, 1995–1997 Postlude
Appendixes Appendix 1: Another Family Appendix 2: Articles by Cioran in Romanian journals reflecting his experience in GermanyNotesBibliographyBiographical NoteIndex
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"An important and distinctly original contribution to the growing field of Cioran studies. . . . [Zarifopol-Johnston] is a sharp, insightful observer of self and others, courageous and candid, writing in a fresh, quick-silver style."
Very valuable and beautifully written . . . introducing her exciting subject in a context broad enough even for those who don't know much about Cioran.
"Very valuable and beautifully written . . . introducing her exciting subject in a context broad enough even for those who don't know much about Cioran."