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

Works: 510 works in 2,192 publications in 18 languages and 18,416 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Miscellanea  Diaries 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Other, Interviewee, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Dedicatee, Correspondent, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Contributor
Classifications: AC25, 194
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A short history of decay by E. M Cioran( Book )

124 editions published between 1949 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 1,183 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. Illuminating and brutally honest, A Short History of Decay dissects Man's decadence in a remarkable series of moving and beautiful pieces
The temptation to exist by E. M Cioran( Book )

48 editions published between 1968 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 998 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
History and utopia by E. M Cioran( Book )

65 editions published between 1960 and 2009 in 8 languages and held by 840 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Essays over de hopeloosheid van het utopisme
The new gods by E. M Cioran( Book )

88 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dubbed "Nietzsche without his hammer" by literary critic James Wood, the Romanian philosopher E.M. Cioran is known as much for his profound pessimism and fatalistic approach as for the lyrical, raging prose with which he communicates them. Unlike many of his other works, such as On the Heights of Despair and Tears and Saints, The New Gods eschews his usual aphoristic approach in favor of more extensive and analytic essays. Returning to many of Cioran's favorite themes, The New Gods explores humanity's attachment to gods, death, fear
The trouble with being born by E. M Cioran( Book )

33 editions published between 1976 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 563 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
Anathemas and admirations by E. M Cioran( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 478 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
The fall into time by E. M Cioran( Book )

21 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 473 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On the heights of despair by E. M Cioran( Book )

6 editions published between 1990 and 1995 in English and held by 435 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
Tears and saints by E. M Cioran( Book )

5 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 416 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
Œuvres by E. M Cioran( Book )

35 editions published between 1987 and 2012 in French and Undetermined and held by 386 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)
Syllogismes de l'amertume by E. M Cioran( Book )

79 editions published between 1952 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All gall is divided : gnomes and apothegms by E. M Cioran( Book )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 378 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."--Jacket
Drawn and quartered by E. M Cioran( Book )

9 editions published between 1981 and 2012 in English and held by 298 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
De l'inconvénient d'être né by E. M Cioran( Book )

48 editions published between 1973 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 297 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
La tentation d'exister by E. M Cioran( Book )

43 editions published between 1956 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 267 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 236 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
Exercices d'admiration : essais et portraits by E. M Cioran( Book )

15 editions published between 1986 and 1995 in French and Italian and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Des larmes et des saints by E. M Cioran( Book )

37 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Écartèlement by E. M Cioran( Book )

22 editions published between 1979 and 1993 in French and Undetermined and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aveux et anathèmes by E. M Cioran( Book )

17 editions published between 1987 and 1995 in French and Undetermined and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Sīūrān, Imīl 1911-1995

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إميل سيوران، 1911-1995

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シオラン, E. M.

The temptation to existHistory and utopiaThe new godsThe trouble with being bornAnathemas and admirationsOn the heights of despairTears and saintsAll gall is divided : gnomes and apothegmsDrawn and quartered