By E. M. Cioran
This choice of 11 essays initially seemed in France thirty years in the past and created a literary whirlwind at the Left financial institution. Cioran writes incisively approximately Western civilizations, the author, the radical, mystics, apostles, and philosophers.
"A kind of ultimate thinker of the Western global. His statements have the compression of poetry and the audacity of cosmic clowning."—Washington Post
"An highbrow bombshell that blasts away in any respect forms of cant, sham and conventionality. . . . [Cioran's] language is so erotic, his dealing with of phrases so seductive, that the act of interpreting turns into an come upon within the erogenous zone."—Jonah Raskin, L.A. Weekly
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If it is declining, he will agree, if need be, to de cline too, to remark upon it and upon himself the effects of tatum. As for remedies, he neither possesses nor proposes them. Since he knows you cannot treat destiny, he does not set himself up as a healer in any case. His sole ambition : to keep abreast of the Incurable. * Given the spectacle of their teeming successes, the nations of the West had no trouble exalting history, attributing to it a meaning and a finality. It belonged to them, they were its agents : hence it must take a rational course .
Unable to sustain the dignity of be ing fastidious, less and less inclined to winnow truths, he is content with those he is offered. By-product of his ego, . he proceeds-a wrecker gone to seed-to crawl before the altars, or before what takes their place. In the temple or on the tribunal, his place is where there is singing, or shouting no longer a chance to hear one's own voice. A parody of be lief? It matters little to him, since all he aspires to is to desist from himself. All his philosophy has concluded in a refrain, all his pride foundered on a Hosanna l Let us be fair: as things stand now, what else could he do?
The crusaders, turned gardeners, vanished 61 I On a Winded Civilization into that home-loving posterity in which no trace of no madism s usbsists. But history is a nostalgia for space, a horror of home, a vagabond dream and a need to die far away . . but history is precisely what we no longer see around us. There is a satiety which incites to discovery, to the in vention of myths, of lies that instigate actions : it is an un satisfied ardor, a morbid enthusiasm which becomes healthy as soon as it fixes upon an object; there is another kind which, dissociating the mind from its powers and life from its wellsprings, impoverishes and dessicates.