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The Resource On the heights of despair, E.M. Cioran ; translated and with an introduction by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston

On the heights of despair, E.M. Cioran ; translated and with an introduction by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston

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On the heights of despair
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On the heights of despair
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E.M. Cioran ; translated and with an introduction by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston
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  • rum
  • eng
Summary
"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.--
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1911-1995
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Cioran, E. M.
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194
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non fiction
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1952-2005
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Zarifopol-Johnston, Ilinca
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  • Philosophy
  • Melancholy
  • Philosophy, Romanian
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On the heights of despair, E.M. Cioran ; translated and with an introduction by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston
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Translation of: Pe culmile disperării
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Contents
On Being Lyrical -- How Distant Everything Is! -- On Not Wanting to Live -- The Passion for the Absurd -- The World and I -- Weariness and Agony -- Despair and the Grotesque -- The Premonition of Madness -- On Death -- Melancholy -- Nothing Is Important -- Ecstasy -- The World in Which Nothing Is Solved -- The Contradictory and the Inconsequential -- On Sadness -- Total Dissatisfaction -- The Bath of Fire -- Disintegration -- On the Reality of the Body -- I Do Not Know -- On Individual and Cosmic Loneliness -- Apocalypse -- The Monopoly of Suffering -- Absolute Lyricism -- The Meaning of Grace -- The Vanity of Compassion -- Eternity and Morality -- Moment and Eternity -- History and Eternity -- Not to Be a Man Anymore -- Magic and Fatality -- Unimaginable Joy -- The Ambiguity of Suffering -- All Is Dust -- Enthusiasm as a Form of Love -- Light and Darkness -- Renunciation -- The Blessings of Insomnia -- On the Transubstantiation of Love -- Man, the Insomniac Animal -- Truth, What a Word! -- The Beauty of Flames -- The Paucity of Wisdom -- The Return to Chaos -- Irony and Self-Irony -- On Poverty -- The Flight from the Cross -- The Cult of Infinity -- Transfiguration of Banality -- The Burden of Sadness -- Degradation through Work -- The Sense of Endings -- The Satanic Principle of Suffering -- An Indirect Animal -- Impossible Truth -- Subjectivity -- Homo... -- Love in Brief -- Nothing Matters -- The Sources of Evil -- Beauty's Magic Tricks -- Man's Inconsistency -- Capitulation -- Facing Silence -- The Double and His Art -- Nonsense
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FIEb17313727
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22 cm.
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xxi, 128 pages
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9780226106700
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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(OCoLC)24503884
Label
On the heights of despair, E.M. Cioran ; translated and with an introduction by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston
Publication
Copyright
Note
Translation of: Pe culmile disperării
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
On Being Lyrical -- How Distant Everything Is! -- On Not Wanting to Live -- The Passion for the Absurd -- The World and I -- Weariness and Agony -- Despair and the Grotesque -- The Premonition of Madness -- On Death -- Melancholy -- Nothing Is Important -- Ecstasy -- The World in Which Nothing Is Solved -- The Contradictory and the Inconsequential -- On Sadness -- Total Dissatisfaction -- The Bath of Fire -- Disintegration -- On the Reality of the Body -- I Do Not Know -- On Individual and Cosmic Loneliness -- Apocalypse -- The Monopoly of Suffering -- Absolute Lyricism -- The Meaning of Grace -- The Vanity of Compassion -- Eternity and Morality -- Moment and Eternity -- History and Eternity -- Not to Be a Man Anymore -- Magic and Fatality -- Unimaginable Joy -- The Ambiguity of Suffering -- All Is Dust -- Enthusiasm as a Form of Love -- Light and Darkness -- Renunciation -- The Blessings of Insomnia -- On the Transubstantiation of Love -- Man, the Insomniac Animal -- Truth, What a Word! -- The Beauty of Flames -- The Paucity of Wisdom -- The Return to Chaos -- Irony and Self-Irony -- On Poverty -- The Flight from the Cross -- The Cult of Infinity -- Transfiguration of Banality -- The Burden of Sadness -- Degradation through Work -- The Sense of Endings -- The Satanic Principle of Suffering -- An Indirect Animal -- Impossible Truth -- Subjectivity -- Homo... -- Love in Brief -- Nothing Matters -- The Sources of Evil -- Beauty's Magic Tricks -- Man's Inconsistency -- Capitulation -- Facing Silence -- The Double and His Art -- Nonsense
Control code
FIEb17313727
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xxi, 128 pages
Isbn
9780226106700
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
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(OCoLC)24503884

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