Emil Cioran: Philosopher of the Abyss
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He also forms a loose trinity with two other Romanian writers: Eugene Ionesco and Mircea Eliade While Cioran falls outside the chronological purview of the European Decadents, he has written extensively about cultural decadence and the decline of civilizations, especially after the apocalypse of the Second World War. The Short History of Decay was written in 1949 and it confronts of the criminality and slaughter of that conflict in biting aphorisms and bon mots that radiate like little black holes.
Thanks for the brief! (Your touchstones are way off, though.)
I read his "Precis de decomposition" and was very disappointed because it was completely and utterly non-constructive: only complaint and negativity. No way out at all. But I'll grant that it was very very thoroughly so, if that's your cup of tea!
But hey, there's always Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks
"Don't be stupid! Be a smarty!
Come and join the Nazi Party!"
- Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death
No more than kswolff do I want him to suggest solutions. In the first place, I get the feeling that Cioran doubted there were any and in the second commiseration is sometimes as welcome as advice is.
I'd say, it's the necessary understanding to any valid program. Why should one person be required to provide all of it? Once you read Cioran's critique, you might just the person to outline a program -- better equipped than you were before, and better suited to that task than is Cioran.
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