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An Infamous Past: E.M. Cioran and the Rise of Fascism in Romania

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A writer who does stupid things in his youth is like a woman with a shameful past never forgiven, never forgotten. E. M. Cioran, the renowned Romanian-French nihilist philosopher and literary figure, knew this better than anyone. Alongside Heidegger, Sartre, Paul de Mann, and others, Cioran was one of the great scholars of the twentieth century to be seduced by totalitaria ...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Ivan R. Dee Publisher (first published October 25th 2005)
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Phillip
Jan 19, 2014 Phillip rated it liked it
I first came across Cioran by reading "On the Heights of Despair" in college. I loved it. I felt like for the first time I was encountering someone who also had a bad penchant for cosmic pessimism. It was cathartic to read angst-ridden rants while being depressed over Heidegger's Being and Time. So, I read several of Cioran's other books. Not as biting, but I was still interested and wanted to learn more. At the time, I started researching the "conservative revolutionaries" of the 1930s -- think ...more
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Sep 18, 2011 Matthew W rated it it was amazing
This book has pretty much every fact and detail one would want to know in relation to Cioran's short relationship with the Iron Guard. Cioran went into self-imposed exile due to his "embarrassment" in regard to his brief youthful political aspirations. Essentially, Cioran's philosophy was never in tune with Codreanu and the Iron Guard (aside from his deserve for a rejuvenated Romania). For example, while the Iron Guard saw Jews as eternal inferiors, Cioran saw them as eternal superiors. Naturall ...more
Don Janssen
When a student I had a friend who, although claiming to be an anarchist, sometimes voiced his admiration for the late French president, Général de Gaulle. When I said him that this seemed somewhat contradictory, he was honest enough to admit that he probably just claimed absolute freedom for himself (==> anarchism) while for others a strong leader might be more appropriate. Something like this seems to have been the position of the young E.M.Cioran as well.

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Marta Petreu is the pen name of Rodica Marta Vartic, née Rodica Crisan (born March 14, 1955 in Jucu), a Romanian philosopher, literary critic, essayist and poet. A professor of Philosophy at the Babeş-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, she has published eight books of essays and seven of poetry, and is the editor of the monthly magazine Apostrof. Petreu is also noted as a historian of fascism, whic ...more
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