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Tears and Saints Reprint Edition

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Cioran is best known for epigrammatic little books of philosophy that reflect a dour, pessimistic view of humanity in the wake of World War II and the Holocaust. As a young man, however, Cioran took a more cheerful view of the world, tempered by his enthusiastic study of ascetics and saints. Here he introduces us to the religious ideas of the Middle Ages, to luminaries like Catherine of Siena and Teresa of Avila. He also invites us to open ourselves to the possibilities of such ideas. "No obstacle is unsurmountable when angelic voices cheer you along," Cioran writes, encouragingly. "One does not hear voices in the cool breezes of calm thoughts, and angels speak only to musical ears." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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In her lengthy introduction, the translator deems this book a "discourse on spirituality, asceticism and suffering for the love of Christ." More specifically, the author asserts that saints maintain a "will to power which reaps nothing but empty and cruel suffering." Cioran looks for a reason to become a believer by exploring the lives of minor saints but ends up interpreting their tears only as a sign of their penchant for suffering. Ultimately, Cioran comes closest to becoming a believer through experiencing music, especially Bach. First published in Bucharest in 1937, this work caused quite a storm because many readers considered it blasphemous. Perusing the text in 1995, however, a few decades after God was declared dead on the covers of popular news magazines, some readers may find the comments to be more black humor than blasphemy. Recommended for subject collections.?Olivia Opello, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; Reprint edition (July 6, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226106748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226106748
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Smith VINE VOICE on July 13, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Seriously, three things made me pick up this book when I had no notion of who E.M. Cioran was. First, the beautiful cover with a detail from "The Descent from the Cross"; second, the intriguing title; and third the quote from the Chicago Tribune printed on the back: "makes the postwar French Existentialists look like a 6th-grade meeting of the Future Bores of America". I enjoy the French Existentialists - I had to see what was up with Cioran.
What is up with Cioran? He is absolutely top-notch: searching for the origin of tears in the lives of female saints known for copious tears ... from them he build a case against theology and institution and for intuition and sentiment ... all the while being highly political (Romanian politics).
The book pieces itself together in a series of small clips. An example: "Schopenhaurer maintains that, if we were to invite the dead back to life, they would refuse. I believe, on the contrary, that they would die a second time from too much joy."
An enthralling, thought-provoking book to be savored. And you can still enjoy the French existentialists.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
E.M. Cioran, brought to us by the incomparable Richard Howard in French is now finding his way into our hearts from his Romanian youth. Ilinca Zarofopol-Johnston's translation is smooth, losing none of the cutting wit that is so exemplary of Cioran. The questions that Cioran asks here are the ones that Nietzsche required thinkers to ask in the preceding century. Cioran aptly describes our world, one in which the Middle Ages exhausted belief, leaving us with only appearances. His task is to find our "salvation" amongst those appearances. To find our way back to the world which we have lost and tried to regain through extratemporal belief, be it the rudimentary Judeo-Christian belief system or the universe of the Kantian transcendental ego. As Susan Sontag wrote of him, he is truly the last in a line of thinkers that includes Kierkegaard and Nietzsche. To ruminate on his tears and to breath the air of his saints in this book is indeed a heady experience. It is a book not to be taken lightly.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel Thomas on May 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
In 1937, Emil Cioran returned the saints to cynics, depressives, and blasphemers. With Tears and Saints Cioran reminds us why people have always believed in these holy Others. Not simply because they're meek, prayerful, and simple; rather, because hearing how Rose of Lima "h[u]ng herself on a cross in her room," or listening to Rumi conflate God with his lover Shams, we recall the madness of these people. Salves and charity mean little without that terrific madness--a love-spiked, lucid madness, which separated the saints from ordinary mystics.

If, as Henri de Lubac suggested in The Drama of Atheist Humanism, Nietzsche was Christ-haunted, then I would suggest that Cioran, here, suffers from the haunting of the saints and the Apostles Thomas and Judas alike. And much like Nietzsche, Cioran--the son of an Orthodox priest--would spend his entire life with the Gospels and the Hebrew Prophets rattling in his head. But this is perhaps the rawest and most troubled meditation on that legacy he ever produced.

In a sense, I'd say Cioran has given us a depiction of saints that would have pleased Thomas Bernhard. This is the book that introduced me to Cioran, and I've been reading him through its lens ever since.

Acknowledgement of the superb work Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston did in her translation is a necessity for any review of this book: she was an adept interpreter of Cioran's bitter prose.
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