Anathemas and Admirations

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Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., Dec 13, 2013 - BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY - 272 pages
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In this collection of essays and epigrams, E.M. Cioran gives us portraits and evaluations—which he calls "admirations"—of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the poet Paul Valery, and Mircea Eliade, among others. In alternating sections of aphorisms—his "anathemas"—he delivers insights on such topics as solitude, flattery, vanity, friendship, insomnia, music, mortality, God, and the lure of disillusion.

 

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This miscellany from Cioran's past 40 years will be useful not because he wrote it but because he has insights on better-known figures like Valery, Borges, and Beckett. Romanian born (in 1911), and ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword
On the Verge of Existence
Joseph de Maistre
Fractures
Valéry FacingHis Idols
The Lure ofDisillusion
Beckett
Meeting the Moments
Mircea Eliade 11 That Fatal Perspicacity 12 Caillois 13 Michaux
BenjaminFondane 15 Borges
Maria Zambrano
Weininger
Fitzgerald
Guido Ceronetti 20 She WasNotof Their World
Foreshortened Confession
Rereading

SaintJohn Perse
Exasperations

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E. M. Cioran (1911-1995) was born and educated in Romania and lived in Paris from 1937 until his death. He is the author of numerous works, including "On the Heights of Despair", also available from the University of Chicago Press.

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