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So be cautios... this book is one of the best thing I've ever read (besides T. S. Eliot or Shakespaeare).
The reader must harden his heart to withstand the abyss looking back at him straight through the eyes, into the deepest recesses of his own non-being.
It remains a book worth careful reading because the young Cioran pushed himself so hard, both in his thinking and in his attention to style.
If you know Cioran's biography, you're aware that he couldn't be too happy at the end of the 1940s because he was a strong backer of Adolph Hitler from his native Romania. Read morePublished 9 months ago by RVK
This is my first Cioran -- a friend recommended him 16 years ago (!) and I finally got around to it -- well worth the wait. Read morePublished on August 7, 2007 by AlexBooksAndCDs
For some, this is their favorite collection of Cioran's writings; it certainly is the most intense of his earlier writings (see my review of his later writings like "Anathemas and... Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by Matt Hill
This book is so beautiful, that's why it could be dangerous. I mean, Sartre could have written about the same, but without the feeling, not "like a burst of blood" like Fante wrote... Read morePublished on February 12, 2006 by John Doe Blackburn
I have to admit that it took me quite a while to get through this one, even though I'm a huge fan of Cioran. This is one of his first books and as he says in Admirations.. Read morePublished on January 10, 2000 by "rgelling"