The Temptation To Exist

Paperback | July 20, 1998

byE. M. Cioran

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This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers.

"An intellectual bombshell that blasts away at all kinds of cant, sham and conventionality. . . . [Cioran's] language is so erotic, his handling of words so seductive, that the act of reading becomes an encounter in the erogenous zone".--Jonah Raskin, "L. A. Weekly"

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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This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. E.M. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers. "An intellectual bombshell that blasts away at all kinds of cant, sham and conventional...

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This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers."An intellectual bombshell that blasts away at all kinds of cant, sham and conventionality. ....

Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.01 × 5.29 × 0.64 inPublished:July 20, 1998Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226106756

ISBN - 13:9780226106755

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This collection of eleven essays originally appeared in France thirty years ago and created a literary whirlwind on the Left Bank. E.M. Cioran writes incisively about Western civilizations, the writer, the novel, mystics, apostles, and philosophers. "An intellectual bombshell that blasts away at all kinds of cant, sham and conventionality. . . ". --Jonah Raskin, L.A. WEEKLY.

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