Born of a terrible insomniaaqa dizzying lucidity which would turn even paradise into hellqathis book presents the youthful Cioran, a self-described qNietzsche still complete with his Zarathustra, his poses, his mystical clown's tricks, a whole circus of the heights.q On the Heights of Despair shows Cioran's first grappling with themes he would return to in his mature works: despair and decay, absurdity and alienation, futility and the irrationality of existence. It also presents Cioran as a connoisseur of apocalypse, a theoretician of despair, for whom writing and philosophy both share the qlyrical virtuesq that alone lead to a metaphysical revelation. qNo modern writer twists the knife with Cioran's dexterity. . . . His writing . . . is informed with the bitterness of genuine compassion.qaBill Marx, Boston Phoenix qThe dark, existential despair of Romanian philosopher Cioran's short meditations is paradoxically bracing and life-affirming. . . . Puts him in the company of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.qaPublishers Weekly, starred review qThis is self-pity as epigram, the sort of dyspeptic pronouncement that gets most people kicked out of bed but that has kept Mr. Cioran going for the rest of his life.qaJudith Shulevitz, New York Times Book Review. Puts him in the company of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard.aquot;aPublishers Weekly, starred review aquot;This is self-pity as epigram, the sort of dyspeptic pronouncement that gets most people kicked out of bed but that has kept Mr. Cioran going for ...
|Title||:||On the Heights of Despair|
|Author||:||E. M. Cioran|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press - 1992-06-15|