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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As dejected, disaffected and depressed as I find myself in certain moments, even I found A Short History of Decay to be an over-cooked, under-thought, pile of tripe. 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, w afwezige God, de dood, het menselijk lijden, zelfmoord, de vrijheid, het auteurschap, verveling, de tijd, etc.


A Short History of Decay E. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. One for fans of existentialism, absurdism, and anything by Samuel Beckett.

Life and Death Cikran Christian Smith – – Oxford University Press. A Short History of Decay. The Right to Be Happy. So what’s the point to be serious about life?

A SHORT HISTORY OF DECAY by E. M. Cioran | Kirkus Reviews

To survive life you have to get over the bad stuff, because who wants to get over the good stuff?! Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart.

A hymn to the futility of everything – including thinking you’ve gained anything by having noticed the futility of everything – it’s torn between Cioran’s desire to fade away, and his envy for the great monsters of history.

After spending two years in Dfcay, Cioran arrived in Paris in I balked pretty hard, like an alpha-male chicken, when I saw immediately, right ciodan the back cover, that the author flew into Romania after fascists took power, to congratulate them. To what kind of abstract, removed viewpoint does this kind of thing seem not only truthful, but deep? I had read this book at the library, well Het fragmentarische uit zich ook in de interpunctie: Says so much with such artistry.


Cioran’s thought and writing can only adequately be described as ‘pleasantly exhausting’: Mijn kijk op de dingen is niet fundamenteel veranderd; wat zeker veranderd is, is de toon.

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 b If you think you hate life, or maybe just the world around you this book will make you kick yourself repeatedly for being just too much of a goddamn optimist.

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And it’s true, he does reads like a x adult and not a r What do you get when you mix Diogenes, Heraclitus, Lao zi, the Buddha and La Rochefoucauld in a small piece of coal and crushes it under an infitiny of existential despair and cosmic horror? Science Logic and Mathematics. For that you just have to laugh right in its face.

While the writing style is dense and abstruse often bordering on bistoryit does possess a poetic beauty and is eminently quotable.

I’d have liked to read further for the comedy factor, since he follows long nihilistic digressions with bizarre, wholly uncharacteristic praise for frivolity. One of the great books to have by your bedside, just to remind you what kind of world we live in.

A Short History of Decay

Account Options Sign in. He says what most of us know in what it seems to me like a scheme sometimes. Lists with This Book. Cioran Limited preview – A series of epigrammatic reflections on how things fall apart. Binnenkort bespreking op De Reactor, nu op Knack. To survive life you have to turn yourself into a specimen, to observe yourself. Homme de fragment Naar Cioran-normen is ‘Een kleine filosofie van verval’ met zijn tweehonderdzeventig pagina’s een vrij lijvig boek.

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I simply cannot take him seriously, and for the reader, such an attitude becomes liberating: Paperbackpages. One can find ideas that stand out as incisive and penetrating, though usually these need to be extricated from the surrounding negativity and histrionics. Because just look at it: Mental States and Processes in Philosophy of Mind.

And for having sought to be a sage such as never was, I am only a madman among the mad Belangrijker is, zo stelt vertaler Pieter Appels in de verantwoording achterin het boek, dat hij vanaf dan in het Frans schrijft en niet langer in zijn moedertaal, het Roemeens.

Rein in your palpitations and the course of events slows down; without our ardors, space is ice.

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Sign in Create an account. Without thinking scientifically and more like a kid, do this thing: Take the following for instance: Of course, I did still agree with at least half of it, so that helps. It is funny how a joke about people in general can make you laugh. 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.

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