If the expression “metaphysical exile” had no meaning, my existence alone would afford it one. Emil Cioran (8 April – 20 June ) was a Romanian. Emil Cioran (–) was a Romanian-born French philosopher and author of some two dozen books of savage, unsettling beauty. Emil Cioran, Self: La memoria fértil. Emil Cioran was born on April 8, in Rasinari, Romania as Emil Mihail Cioran. He died on June 20, in Paris.

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Wikiquote has quotations related to: Translated by Richard Howard Oxford: Influenced Thomas LigottiNick Land. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born. He is an essayist in the best French tradition, and even though French was not his ejil tongue, many think him among the finest writers in that language.

Injust out of college, he was awarded a visiting graduate studentship at the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin. For seven years I could barely sleep. Emil Cioran — was a Romanian-born French philosopher and author of some two dozen books of savage, unsettling beauty. He could live like that forever.

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The horrors of the war, the enormity of the Holocaust, in which some of his Jewish friends died, woke him up abruptly; those texts must have looked to him now like the stuff of nightmares. The Eternal Question of Chess.

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Cioran was obsessed with it: Preoccupied with the problems of death and suffering, he was attracted to the idea of suicidebelieving it to be an idea that could help one go on living, an idea which he fully sioraj in On the Heights of Despair. In Romania, only terror, brutality and infinite anxiety could still lead to some change. The book — to remain one emjl his finest in both Romanian and French — marked the beginning of a strong, intimate link in his life between writing and sleeplessness:.

The others, having no reason to live, why would they have any to die? Pessimism characterizes all of his works, which many critics trace back to events of his childhood in his mother is reputed to have told him that if she had known he was going to be so unhappy she would have aborted him.

Is the gap so wide between an inferno and a ravaging paradise? Inrealizing that he could never distinguish himself in that land of failure, he decided to once again leave Romania. Was boredom unknown to them?


Of Borges he once said: The Trouble with Being Born. Cioran’s graduation thesis was on Henri Bergsonwhom he later rejected, claiming Bergson did not comprehend the tragedy of life.

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In History and Utopia Histoire et Utopie, for instance, he notes:. His father, Emilian Cioran, was an Orthodox priest. Everything else failed in comparison. The Trouble with Being Born 2, ratings.


The decline is already so advanced, Cioran believes, that nothing can be saved any more, except perhaps for the appearances. 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.


All societies are bad; but there are degrees, I admit, and if I have chosen this one, it is because I can distinguish among the nuances of trumpery.

Many, especially in his youth, thought soran to be a dangerous lunatic.

Who was this man? Issues of public interest are often mixed in Cioran with matters of a more private nature. He had finally realized what he was after: A decision taken by the Court of Appeal of Paris stopped the commercial sale of the collection. As someone who entertained such an intimate relationship with failure, it is no wonder that Cioran was suspicious of success: In The Trouble with Being Bornone of the aphorisms reads: He knew how to appreciate a worthwhile case of failure, how to observe its unfolding and savor its complexity.