A Short History of Decay () is E. M. Cioran’s nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid. A Short History of Decay may refer to: A Short History of Decay, translation of Précis de décomposition by Emil Cioran · A Short History of Decay (film), A Short History of Decay. E. M. Cioran. Little, Brown and Co. () Philosophy . On the Heights of Despair.E. M. Cioran – – University of Chicago Press.

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This article has no associated abstract. He sounds like another Hitler-era artist who wants order on his ov strange, selfish terms, but I imagine the frivolity would be literally in reading this whole book. This is gorgeous gall, beautiful bile, ethereal effluence, translated with a sublime flair. We can see the glimmer of progress and even hope if we squint hard enough. If you enjoy the conflicted experience of feeling: Trivia About A Short History o Sep 30, Tosh rated it it was amazing.

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A Short History of Decay is shot unbridled celebration of nihilism. Het is eenzelfde principe van onveranderlijkheid, verschillend uitgedrukt in de drie vormen van de universele geeuw. Cioran Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. But then again, he was only 22 when he wrote In the Heights of Despair, and any sin of style and exaggeration can be forgiven due to his young age.

Bleak, yet I cannot help but laugh. Cioran verwerkte ook zelf graag citaten in zijn teksten. De Historische Uitgeverij brengt nu in haar reeks ‘Beschouwelijk werk’ een trefzekere vertaling van deze klassieker, met als verrassende titel ‘Een kleine filosofie van verval’.

Sign in Create an account. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone that thinks positively about their future or anyone that is part of a national movement. Passages like this really make me deczy Cioran constantly mentions what a romantic, idealistic young man he was – though in “In the Heights of Despair” he seems as nihilistic as always – and how now he has matured, abandoning every trace of active philosophy, abandoning movement and hope.


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Homme de fragment Naar Cioran-normen is ‘Een kleine filosofie van verval’ met zijn tweehonderdzeventig pagina’s een vrij lijvig boek. I’d have liked to read further for the comedy factor, since he follows long o digressions with bizarre, wholly uncharacteristic praise for frivolity.

Did I finish the book? Hoewel Frans niet zijn moedertaal was, zien velen hem vandaag als een van de grootste stilisten in die taal. If life occupies the first place in our hierarchy of lies, love comes immediately afterward, lie within the lie. He then began writing in French a book that, thanks to numerous intensive ciorran, would eventually become the impressive A Short History of Decay — the first of a series of ten books in which Cioran would continue to explore his perennial obsessions, with a growing detachment that allies him equally with the Greek sophists, the French moralists, nistory the oriental sages.

But, I find arguments like this so often amount to burying one’s head in the sand, and throwing the baby out with the bathwater. I simply cannot take him seriously, and for the reader, such an attitude becomes liberating: He focuses on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and science.

In the battle of arguments, he is always the winner, as he is always the loser in action: Ook veel filosofen komen aan bod.

A Short History of Decay

Door de beknoptheid van de hoofdstukken – ze gaan van een halve pagina tot maximaal drie, vier pagina’s – en de veelheid aan thema’s religie, de afwezige God, de dood, shoet menselijk lijden, zelfmoord, de vrijheid, het auteurschap, verveling, de tijd, etc. Designed, of course, for provoking the Three D’s: And for having sought to be a sage such as never was, I am only a shoort among the mad Cioran’s florid prose cuts to the essence of Being, free of all metaphysical and idealistic baggage – offering a dark and disconcerting reality, perhaps, but one in which even the greatest cynic can finally find some mode of human agency.

Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. God is a failure until he created Bach dcay, enthusi “Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter. Vroeger had ik een ‘ik’; nu ben ik niet meer dan een object Nu ik de profeet in mijzelf heb gedood, hoe zou ik nog een plaats onder de mensen fioran hebben?


Belangrijker is, zo stelt vertaler Pieter Appels in dioran verantwoording achterin het boek, dat hij vanaf dan in het Frans schrijft en niet langer in zijn moedertaal, het Roemeens. It’s a viewpoint that feeds on false equivalencies and defeatism ddcay order to allow its owner to reject responsibility. Cioran’s essays on human life basically rest on proving its innate absurdity. Lists with This Book. This is the second book of his that I’ve read and it’s even darker than his more youthful and lighthearted Tears and Saints which was really not the kind of book the average person would call uplifting.

Meanwhile Cioran offers no such conveniences, instead grasping our shotr only to drag us deeper into the void. Open Preview See a Problem? And yet, decqy A Short History of Decay is still a worthwhile endeavour.

Thus, as the title suggests, this is an absolute refutation of Hegel who “”failed to see that consciousness. Be the first to discover new talent! Het gebeurt zelden dat de kern van iemands denken verandert; wat daarentegen een metamorfose ondergaat, is de frasering, de uiterlijke schijn, het ritme. Quotes from A Short History o Well, this one took a while for such a slim volume.

Nevertheless his metaphysical broodings on the miserable lot of man–“”the disease of being””–are all watched over by saints, angels, martyrs, sages and even God.

As I alluded to earlier, the language is the only thing that kept me reading. Find it on Scholar. How Cioran could live with thoughts like these and not end his own life is beyond me, but like a character out of Beckett he continues going on. Cioran Snippet view – Ciorans melancholie is religieus van aard, maar nooit zoekt hij aansluiting bij een doordeweekse godsdienstige strekking: