Download Citation on ResearchGate | Breviario de podredumbre / E. M. Cioran | Traducción de: Précis de décomposition } E. M. (Emile M.) Cioran. Abstract. Emil Cioran. De Wikiquote, la Emil Cioran (en francés Émile Cioran, n. Răşinari Fuente: Breviario de podredumbre, “El decorado del saber”, “¿ Quién. “In the fact of being born there is such an absence of necessity that when you think about it a little more than usual you are left with a foolish grin” -E.M. Cioran.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Jose Thomaz Brum Translator. Published by Rocco first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. A Short History of Decay is dreck, but it’s beautiful dreck—sick with bits of glitter in it. A collection of aphorisms, barely any of which reflect reality, which are soaked in some of the most sublime prose.
Granted, these are aphorisms, and expecting rigorous deductive reasoning out of them is somewhat misguided—but that doesn’t stop the fact that so much of what is written here is utterly vacuous despite how prettily it is dressed up. Take the following for instance: It is because we are dressed that we entertain immortality: Though I suppose dressing it up in the language of ‘mortality’ does make it seem more poignant and less trite.
But here’s the thing: Context changes meaning, sure, but not enough to defend this. Placed at the two extremities of the social ladder, they fear any modification in good and evil: Cioran is not the first to accuse the poorest in society of willing their own poverty, but it doesn’t make the position any less idiotic.
Even if you think that the poor are just lazy, do you honestly think they oppose a change in social order? It’s Nietzsche in a funhouse mirror, Nietzsche hollowed of any substance. Passages like this really make me oodredumbre To what kind of abstract, removed viewpoint does this kind of thing seem not only truthful, but deep?
Though perhaps what I found most disagreeable in A Short History of Decayis the way that Cioran repeatedly argues against anyone who has any sort of political or moral convictions: But, Brevizrio find arguments like this so often amount to burying one’s head in the sand, and throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
You have to be relatively unscathed by political decisions to be able to have an opinion like this which is apparent given the type of person this book attracts.
It’s a viewpoint that feeds on false equivalencies and defeatism in order to allow its owner to reject responsibility.
It’s a viewpoint I associate with teenagers. As I alluded to earlier, the language is the only thing that kept me reading. Because just look at it: Rein in your palpitations and the course of events slows down; without our ardors, space is ice. 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.
I am naturally sympathetic towards nihilism, but this isn’t a work of philosophy, it’s the dark inverse of a self-help book full of empty platitudes: What is true here is fairly uncontroversial: What is false here is so out of touch, criticising it isn’t worth the effort.
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Like I live there already. Some interesting ideas and a lot of nonsense. Instead what I got was a raving, excessively self-indulgent pseudo-philosophy about how the world was doomed from the very beginning. This is a text to which the thesis statement is essentially “we’re all dust in the wind, life is a disease, all beliefs are lies, suffering is the greatest pleasure, curiosity is the root of evil, being born is the From the title A Short HISTORY of Decayor Breviario, since I read the Spanish edition I was expecting some kind of chronology of societal decline.
This is a text to which the thesis statement is essentially “we’re all dust in the wind, life is a disease, all beliefs are lies, suffering is the greatest pleasure, curiosity is the root of evil, being born is the worst thing imaginable, society is destruction, etc.
The book is so chock full of bogus, hypocritical notions about reality, and they’re taken to such a level of extremity that one can’t help but laugh at the ridiculousness of it, for the text resembles more the speech of a rambling, mad poet than a dedicated philosopher, since the reader is never given concrete evidence or examples to support the author’s claims, and instead if confronted with a never ending series of fancy analogies.
It’s a book that revels in its pessimism, appearing like some edgy class report written by an emo teenager, and managing to completely contradict itself through a single phrase spoken at the very beginning: He forfeits all credibility making these claims for to listen to him would be paradoxical.
Breviario de podredumbre, de E. M. Cioran
This book is, in my opinion, complete garbage and I wouldn’t so much as waste my time thinking more about it. The first half is mostly composed of trite ideas expressed in a very boring way fanaticism is a bad thing, Society is full of fake people, Christian doctrine doesn’t make sense, etc. There are moments however when Cioran drifts into more interesting moods about the tension between cosmic and mundane perspectives on human life, and the extent to which consciousness of the former must or must not undermine the latter.
But those threads aren’t developed very far. The second half contains a lot of The first half is mostly composed of trite ideas expressed in a very boring way fanaticism is a bad thing, Society is full of fake people, Christian doctrine doesn’t make sense, etc.
The second half contains a lot of drivel about decline of civilisation, and some tiresome imitations of Nietzsche. I admit to skipping over quite a few pages; I’d lost confidence in the author by the end. A close mind, rigid and conservative that would have made a good career as a provincial priest, up to Metropolitan if only gay.
But he had to wear the cross of heterosexuality in a hetero normative world. I am unsure if it was me or Emil Cioran’s writing but I really struggled to stay focused on what he was trying to say. I often found I had reached the end of a page before realising I hadn’t taken in any of the content.
Tedious, fearful, profoundly religious posturing that mistakes talking about Nothing for talking about nothing. Read Hume if you want something substantively destructive, Kierkegaard for something substantively upbuilding.
A Short History of Decay by Emil M. Cioran
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Influenced by the German romantics, by Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and the Lebensphilosophie of Schelling and Bergson, by certain Russian writers, including Chestov, Rozanov, and Dostoyevsky, and by the Romanian poet Eminescu, Cioran wrote lyrical and expansive meditations that were often metaphysical in nature and whose recurrent themes were death, despair, solitude, history, music, saintliness and the mystics cf.
Tears and Saints, — all of which are themes that one finds again in his French writings. After spending two years in Germany, Cioran arrived in Paris in He continued to write in Romanian until the early s he wrote his last article in Romanian inwhich is also the year in which he began writing in French.
He then began writing in French a book that, thanks to numerous intensive revisions, would eventually become the impressive A Short History of Decay — the first of a series of ten books in which Cioran would brevario to explore his perennial obsessions, with a growing detachment that allies him equally with the Greek sophists, the French moralists, and the oriental sages. Denied the right to return to Romania during the years of the communist regime, and attracting international attention only late in his career, Cioran died in Paris in Books by Emil M.
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