The aphoristic style of this French-Rumanian thinker has been rightly compared to Nietzsche. Cioran writes of the ineffectuality of “”the Good. Emil Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both . He revisits suicide in depth in The New Gods, which contains a section of aphorisms devoted to the subject. The theme of human alienation, the most. E. M. CIORAN. The New Gods hoever finds it interesting to consider the unfolding pag? eant of irreducible ideas and beliefs would do well to fix his attention on.

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This seems to be the central contradiction, from which the tension of his prose is derived. To look for a meaning in anything is less the act of a naif than of a masochist. At this very moment, nnew everywhere, thousands and thousands are dying, while, clutching my pen, I vainly search for a word to annotate their agony. After a short stay in his home country November — FebruaryCioran never returned again.

I can’t confidently agree nea either assertion. I wish ogds quote liberally from this section as well as some of the preceding ones to give an impression about the treasure trove of ideas the book contains: I am descended from that gaze.

Easy to recognize in ourselves the fatality which was His: The second is a genealogy of religious fanaticism and has us linger on the pivotal moment when Christianity violently detaches itself from and subsequently suppresses pagan religions.

The New Gods

The prose and this is a superb gds is so lyrical that one wants to call it both art and philosophy. He then began writing in French a book that, thanks to numerous intensive revisions, would eventually become the impressive A Short History of Decay — the first of a series nfw ten books in which Cioran would continue to explore his perennial obsessions, with a growing detachment that neq him equally with the Greek sophists, the French moralists, and the oriental sages.


He later renounced not only his support for the Iron Guard, but also their nationalist ideas, and frequently expressed regret and repentance for his emotional implication in it. Book ratings by Goodreads. One gets the impression that the flesh was eclipsed upon its advent, that in fact it never existed at all, that it could not have been fastened to bones so stately, so imbued with themselves.

Quotes from The New Gods. Meijer – – Eburon. It was the last book he wrote in Romanianthough not the last to deal with pessimism and misanthropy through delicate and lyrical aphorisms.

Aphorisms are also momentary truths. M-a deranjat doar limbajul greoi. The intellectual traditions of early buddhism and katharism may have influenced Cioran, but in accordance with his “unhealthy” skepticism, he leaves behind even these most minimalist ideas of hope. To begin with distraction, namely the political side, it is not the most earth shattering insight to observe that among the big ideologies of the 20 th century, the one most shot through with contradictions was the anti-Semetic strain of fascism.

Request removal from index. People capable of independent thought. Is his writing dangerous in some way that should, for example, prevent me from including his aphorisms at the end of group emails?

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Suicidenihilismethicsliterature. University of Chicago Press By using gds website you agree to our use of cookies. Bernard rated it really liked it Aug 13, The last third of the book is what kept this thee being a four-star book. When Cioran’s mother spoke to him of abortion, he confessed that it did not disturb him, but made an extraordinary impression which led to an insight about the nature of existence “I’m simply an accident.

Was this all it was? Inhe received a scholarship to the University of Berlinwhere he came into contact with Klages and Nicolai Hartmann. In another chapter, Cioran explores suicide in shorter, impressionistic bursts, while “The Demiurge” is a shambolic exploration of man’s relationship with good, evil, and God.


Is the impossibility of sleeping the cause or the ckoran of cruelty? Jan 24, PGR Nair rated it it was amazing.

Want to Read saving…. This entry has no external links. Let me conclude with his lovely message: According to Cioran, as long as man has kept in touch with his origins and hasn’t cut himself off from himself, he has resisted decadence.

It is actually pretty well argued, although, as you can see, I did not embrace it. But whether the author is simply a raving maniac or a deeply profound thinker? Los Angeles Review of Books. Unless you read the book. Everything blurs and fades in human beings except the look in their eyes and the voice: Cioran and the Rise of Fascism in Romaniapublished in English ingives an in-depth analysis of The Transfiguration.

Join our mailing list to receive news from Full Stop: American Gods is All Lies! Successively, The Book of DelusionsThe Transfiguration of Romaniaand Tears and Saintswere also published in Romania the first two titles have yet to be translated into English. I certainly hope to provide a more coherent review someday, but that day is not today and is not likely any time in the immediate future. I had one of the author’s books on back order, but cancelled the order after I finished reading this book.

This debt of recognition which we now and then consent to pay is what is most comforting here on earth. Endless brooding over ckoran question undermines you as much as a dull pain. Steve Reinke rated it it was amazing Nov 01, For example, in a interview, he condemned it as “a complex of movements; more than this, a demented sect and a party”, saying, “I found out then [