Searching For Cioran

Hardcover | January 7, 2009

byIlinca Zarifopol-JohnstonEditorKenneth R. JohnstonForeword byMatei Calinescu

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Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston's critical biography of the Romanian-born French philosopher E. M. Cioran focuses on his crucial formative years as a mystical revolutionary attracted to right-wing nationalist politics in interwar Romania, his writings of this period, and his self-imposed exile to France in 1937. This move led to his transformation into one of the most famous French moralists of the 20th century. As an enthusiast of the anti-rationalist philosophies widely popular in Europe during the first decades of the 20th century, Cioran became an advocate of the fascistic Iron Guard. In her quest to understand how Cioran and other brilliant young intellectuals could have been attracted to such passionate national revival movements, Zarifopol-Johnston, herself a Romanian emigré, sought out the aging philosopher in Paris in the early 1990s and retraced his steps from his home village of Rasinari and youthful years in Sibiu, through his student years in Bucharest and Berlin, to his early residence in France. Her portrait of Cioran is complemented by an engaging autobiographical account of her rediscovery of her own Romanian past.

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Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston's critical biography of the Romanian-born French philosopher E. M. Cioran focuses on his crucial formative years as a mystical revolutionary attracted to right-wing nationalist politics in interwar Romania, his writings of this period, and his self-imposed exile to France in 1937. This move led to his transfor...

Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston (1952-2005) was Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. She translated two books by E. M. Cioran from Romanian, On the Heights of Despair and Tears and Saints, and is author of To Kill a Text: The Dialogic Fiction of Hugo, Dickens and Zola. Kenneth R. Johnston is Prof...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1 inPublished:January 7, 2009Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253352673

ISBN - 13:9780253352675

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
Editor's Preface
Note on Romanian Spelling and Pronunciation
Foreword by Matei Calinescu
Chronology: E. M. Cioran

Part 1. The Romanian Life of Emil Cioran
Introduction: Cioran's Revenge
1. Rinari, Transylvania, 19111921
2. Sibiu, 19211928
3. Bucharest, 19281933
4. Berlin, 19331935
5. Romania's Transfiguration, 19351937
6. Romania's Transfiguration, Continuing Controversy
7. Tears and Saints, 1937
8. Stranger in Paris
9. Conclusion: The Lyrical Virtues of Totalitarianism
Part 2. Memoirs of a Publishing Scoundrel
Prelude
Paris, 19921994
Romania, 1994
Paris, 1995
Romania, 19951997
Postlude

Appendixes
Appendix 1: Another Family
Appendix 2: Articles by Cioran in Romanian journals reflecting his experience in Germany
Notes
Bibliography
Biographical Note
Index

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"[Searching for Cioran] tells the story of his Romanian years and gives a fine account of the personal and political circumstances in which both his philosophical ideas and his brand of nationalism were formed." -The New York Review of Books