Cioran’s first book “On the Heights of Despair”, brings together all the themes from his later work: death, loneliness, disease, suffering, the. The dark, existential despair of Romanian philosopher Cioran’s short meditations is paradoxically bracing and life-affirming. Written in , when he was On the Heights of Despair shows Cioran’s first grappling with themes he would return to in his mature works: despair and decay, absurdity and alienation, futility .

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P One of the best nurseries I have ever seen! President extends mandate of current Romanian Depsair commander 28 Dec To him “An existence which does not hide a great madness has no value. Born of a terrible insomnia–“a dizzying lucidity which would turn even paradise into hell”–this book presents the youthful Cioran, a self- described “Nietzsche still complete with his Zarathustra, his poses, his mystical clown’s tricks, a whole circus of the heights.

Injust out of college, he was awarded a visiting graduate studentship at the Friedrich Wilhelm University in Berlin.

Quotes from In the Heights of Many quotes that pulled on my heartstrings, and many chapters I already forgot, out of immunity to certain thoughts and dislike of overly melodramatic prose.

In a sense, however, he had already left before he died. Why take anything too seriously?

Cioran cut off his Romanian ties and adopted a new existence. An intangible thirst was quenched in me and I now lay here satisfied, yet alert. Without any reluctance he talks about ideas and emotions that most people spend the major part of their lives trying their best to repress and ignore.


I know the munchies will come back soon enough, but what a way to finish my reading year! Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life.

On the Heights of Despair by Emil M. Cioran

My only “problem” with the book was I had to keep pausing from my reading to jot down a line that I found I do think I may have finally found a philosopher whose work I can not only relate to but utterly enjoy. I no longer heighfs to be, nor can still be, a man. 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. You’ll realise that subjectivity is thee you can go on, something which Cioran gets at very early in the book.

The greatest country in the world reduced to such a state of decay!

Feb 17, Bogdan Liviu rated it ciran was amazing Shelves: Mar 20, Chris Godber rated it it was amazing Shelves: Romanian city gets EU funding for healthcare, entrepreneurship projects 28 Dec For Romanians entertain a unique relationship to failure; just as the Eskimos have countless words for snow, the Romanian language seems to have just as many associated with failure.

You write not to go mad, not to kill yourself or others.

His pessimistic view on existence is due to the nonexistence of objective truth. My only “problem” with the book was I had to keep pausing from my reading to jot dedpair a line that I found illuminating: Refresh and try again.

This unfolds in several layers. Such an existence would be serenity embodied, wisdom in flesh: He even gave himself a new name: I renounce my humanity even though I may find myself alone. Unbelievable but among all hights pessimism I could find some optimism, paradoxically as he keeps repeating!


On the Heights of Despair, Cioran, Zarifopol-Johnston

But somehow he must have learned despaair enjoy the comedy of the world — indeed, to take part, with alacrity, in undermining the cosmic failure. Technically, Cioran had come to Paris on a graduate scholarship; he was supposed to attend classes at the Sorbonne and write a doctoral dissertation on some philosophical topic. Yet Cioran did not content himself with being a distant observer of failure.

How can one be something so hhe to nothingness, so unlikely to exist? History of Western Philosophy. In a letter to another friend, Petru Comarnescu Decemberhe wrote:.

A look at how the strongest anti-bullying state in America, New Jersey, Many, especially in his youth, thought him to be a dangerous lunatic. According to others, however, he was just a charmingly irresponsible young man, who posed no dangers to others — only to himself perhaps.

E M Cioran – On the Heights of Despair

But he touches on subjects that interest me; he thinks thoughts that I do. What should I do? Cioran, se entrega a la defensa y el sentido de lo que en esta vida no tiene sentido.

The result was a more nuanced philosophizing and a more humane thinker: