The Trouble with Being Born
The Trouble with Being Born
E. M. Cioran

Foreword by Eugene Thacker
Translated by Richard Howard

Crotchety old man snarks about the pointlessness of life. Wonderful. —Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books

In this volume, which reaffirms the uncompromising brilliance of his mind, Cioran strips the human condition down to its most basic components, birth and death, suggesting that disaster lies not in the prospect of death but in the fact of birth, "that laughable accident." In the lucid, aphoristic style that characterizes his work, Cioran writes of time and death, God and religion, suicide and suffering, and the temptation to silence. Through sharp observation and patient contemplation, Cioran cuts to the heart of the human experience.

"A love of Cioran creates an urge to press his writing into someone's hand, and is followed by an equal urge to pull it away as poison."—The New Yorker

“In the company of Nietzsche and Kierkegaard."—Publishers Weekly

"No modern writer twists the knife with Cioran's dexterity. . . . His writing . . . is informed with the bitterness of genuine compassion."—Boston Phoenix

Title The Trouble with Being Born
Author E. M. Cioran
Foreword by Eugene Thacker
Translated by Richard Howard
Publisher Arcade Publishing
Title First Published 01 February 2013
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 224 p.
ISBN-10 1611457408
ISBN-13 9781611457407
Publication Date 01 February 2013
Main content page count 224
Weight 16 oz.

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