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Çürümenin Kitabı

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"Nerede tükettin ömrünü? Bir hareketin hatırası, bir tutkunun işareti, bir maceranın parıltısı, güzel ve firari bir cinnet – geçmişinde bunların hiçbiri yok; hiçbir sayıklama senin ismini taşımıyor, seni hiçbir zaaf onurlandırmıyor. İz bırakmadan kayıp gittin; senin rüyan neydi peki?"

"Kökeninde aldatıcı ve yıkıma mahkûm olmayan hiçbir 'yeni' hayat görmedim şimdiye kadar. H
Paperback, 168 pages
Published 2000 by Metis Yayınları (first published 1949)
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Bill  Kerwin
Jun 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A series of epigrammatic reflections on how things fall apart. This is a bleak, atheistic book, but it is strangely comforting and even humorous in its unembarrassed nihilism.

Characteristic Cioran quotes:

"Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter."

"By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing."

"Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, Chaos is being yourself."
A Short History of Decay is an unbridled celebration of nihilism. Cioran writes with an almost theatrical degree of cynicism: his commitment to persistently wrenching the most pessimistic conclusion from any proposition is often hilarious in its melodramatic absurdity. His philosophy is one of absolute futility, in which suicide is the most noble act, and any motion towards civilisation, culture or the pursuit of knowledge is entirely misguided.

While I enjoyed his acerbic commentaries on Christ
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The hermeneutics of the void via prose poetry. Declared anathema: faith, love, action, dogma, suicide, living, hope. Deemed exemplary: laughter, cynicism, poetry, inertia, acceptance of death and the futility of existence, doubt. Cioran is a diagnostician of decay, the type to carouse with madmen, crooks, layabouts, and roués—to hold that Jesus ruined the tragedy of his crucifixion by appending it with his resurrection, thus imbuing his followers with the dream of eternal life, an abhorrent and ...more
If you think you hate life, or maybe just the world around you this book will make you kick yourself repeatedly for being just too much of a goddamn optimist. This is one bleak and beautiful book. How Cioran could live with thoughts like these and not end his own life is beyond me, but like a character out of Beckett he continues going on. This is the second book of his that I've read and it's even darker than his more youthful and lighthearted Tears and Saints which was really not the kind of b ...more
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter."

"By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing."

Reading E. M. Cioran's aphoristic musings on the decay of modern society is not easy on the soul, but is made bearable by his beautiful turns of phrase and concise explanations (despite the fact that he uses more ellipses than a teenager on facebook chat). Cioran's essays on human life basically rest on proving its innate absurdity. God is a failure (until he created Bach), enthusi
Asiye Dilara Han
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cioran'ı çok seveceğimi düşünerek başlamıştım bu kitaba. Birçok düşüncesini desteklesem de sanırım sevmeyeceğim tek bir düşüncesiyle dahi karşılacağımı aklıma getirmediğim için karşılaştıkça şaşırdım, uzaklaştım, anca bitti kitap. Onu okumadan önce sadece katıldığım fikirlerine rastlamışım demek ki sağda solda. Algıda seçiciliğin de bir nebze etkisi var tabii. Tutarlılığı ve açıklayışı çok hoşuma gitti ama. Zaten ayrıldığımız noktalar da birleştiğimiz noktalara kıyasla çok az. Yani tabii ki Cior ...more
Matthew W
This book is BEYOND pessimism and nihilism! I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone that thinks positively about their future or anyone that is part of a national movement. E.M. Cioran makes no lie that he has given up on existence (aside from writing of course!).
Ana-Maria Cârciova
Cioran was a really amazing human being. Cioran knew what`s going on and while reading this book not only that you find yourself in the same posture but also you can find out the answers at his own questions; reading him was just like getting to know my own thoughts at night. When getting to the part in which he wrote that he wanted to believe, he was just so prepared to trust someone or something (almost at the end of the book) I was already conscious of 'why he couldn`t make it until the end'. ...more
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant masterpiece. Says so much with such artistry. Think - Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco but flavored with full-blown nihilistic humor. Cioran has me convinced by about the first paragraph that life is absurd, God wasted was a complete failure until he created Bach and totally redeemed himself, people who live in monasteries are egotistical because they care more about their own souls than living with the rest of us... only the skeptics and the decadent roman emperors had living figur ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It is a very rare thing that a philosopher can write well stylistically. Even if I disagreed with everything said here it would have gotten 5 stars for its prose alone.

Of course, I did still agree with at least half of it, so that helps.
Nov 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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not seeing the appeal. overt fascist muses on decadence. how many motherfuckers died to extinguish this kind of self-obsessed bullshit?
Ayça Baran
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
İnanılmaz bir boyutta karamsarlık var kitapta, ancak esas acı olan şu ki yazarın çok az tezine karşı antitez üretebildim.
Chris Jones
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a changing...the most readable book of philosophy ever written...pure poetry!
Sep 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nihilism as a creative act! One of the great books to have by your bedside, just to remind you what kind of world we live in. Superb!
This I bought and started reading in Romania itself, albeit in translation. I balked pretty hard, like an alpha-male chicken, when I saw immediately, right on the back cover, that the author flew into Romania after fascists took power, to congratulate them.

He does read like someone who went to Paris for inspiration, stayed fo the nightlife, only to regress to cynicism when certainty suits him. I'd have liked to read further for the comedy factor, since he follows long nihilistic digressions with
Jay Green
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Cioran's writing but confess that he makes me laugh out loud, much in the same way that de Sade's attempts to shock raise a chuckle and the Handsome Family's modern American Gothic appeal to my Irish/English sense of the ridiculous. I simply cannot take him seriously, and for the reader, such an attitude becomes liberating: you can simply revel in the use of language and the daring with which he expresses the most life-negating ideas. They become hilarious, a joy to read. A delight.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Las aici două opinii despre iubire:

Iubirea - o întâlnire între două salive... Toate sentimentele își trag absolutul din mizeria glandelor.

Contemplați iubirea: cunoașteți simțământ mai nobil, patimă mai puțin suspectă? Fiorii ei fac concurență muzicii, rivalizează cu lacrimile singurătății și extazului: este sublimul, dar un sublim inseparabil de căile urinare: elanuri învecinate cu excreția, cer al glandelor, sfințenie subită a orificiilor... Ajunge o clipă de atenție ca, scuturându-te de a
Bernardo Kaiser
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you get when you mix Diogenes, Heraclitus, Lao zi, the Buddha and La Rochefoucauld in a small piece of coal and crushes it under an infitiny of existential despair and cosmic horror?

Cioran constantly mentions what a romantic, idealistic young man he was - though in "In the Heights of Despair" he seems as nihilistic as always - and how now he has matured, abandoning every trace of active philosophy, abandoning movement and hope. And it's true, he does reads like a mature adult and not a r
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing quite like clearing out the mental and emotional detritus of one phase of life with the neural sandblast-treatment that is some Cioran. Cioran's thought and writing can only adequately be described as 'pleasantly exhausting': no other thinker in the history of Western philosophy has so systematically contemplated the logical endpoints of nihilism, skepticism, pessimism, abnegation, and despair. And yet, published as a collection in 1949, this series of aphoristic essays is far from a Jer ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As brilliant a thinker and writer as Cioran was, it became evident to me why I was not very familiar with his work, as I made my way through this collection of essays. To put it succinctly, he is dark as fuck. I honestly would not recommend reading this to anyone suffering from a serious form of depression. On the other hand, I don’t think most people who are not depressed would typically enjoy delving this deep into the ruminations of such a bleak worldview. Cioran takes his nihilism all the wa ...more
Alex Sarll
Well, this one took a while for such a slim volume. But even aside from being an aphoristic work of philosophy (seldom the sort of thing to benefit from being read at speed), it's hard powering through a book which is one long sigh. A hymn to the futility of everything - including thinking you've gained anything by having noticed the futility of everything - it's torn between Cioran's desire to fade away, and his envy for the great monsters of history. At times, especially when he's compellingly ...more
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hide all firearms, sharp objects, and anything that could be twisted into a rope prior to delving into this one! To say it's a "downer" is an understatement of epic proportions but it's a fascinating read all the same. 80% of the time I had no real clue what Cioran was saying so I approached it as if it were Joyce's Finnegan's Wake -- hang on, let the words roll over you, and pray that something sticks along the way.

Did I finish the book? Nope, but I'm not sure anyone could at one go without up
David Peak
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"As incompetent in life as in death, I loathe myself and in this loathing I dream of another life, another death. And for having sought to be a sage such as never was, I am only a madman among the mad..."
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it

Bazen zorlanarak ve küfrederek, bazen de oldukça hızlı ve akıcı bir şekilde kafamı yukarı aşağı sallayarak okuduğum bir kitap oldu. Küfrettiğimi söylediğim kısımlar Emil'in yazarken amacının ne olduğunu anlayamadığım bölümlerdi ama sanıyorum ki delice sayıklama metinlerin vergisi de kolayca kavrayamadığımız bu bölümler.
Zaman zaman çileli geçen bu okuma serüvenine rağmen Doğmuş Olmanın Sakıncası üzerine kitabını da okuyacağım. Emil belki muhteşem metinler yazamıyor olabilir ama sanırım kimse
Douglas Dalrymple
Jul 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brief review below, but you can read a longer reflection on my blog.

In Pragmatism William James writes that “the potentest of all our premises is never mentioned,” referring to the inborn temperament that so powerfully shapes our individual perceptions. Like a miscalibrated scale, we weigh the objects of the world without perceiving the bias which leads us inevitably into idiosyncrasy, mistaking the subjective for the objective and the relative for the absolute. I couldn’t help but remember this
Aug 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This guy is best aphorist since Nietzsche, though that isn't saying much since there's not a lot of competition. One of the most misanthropic books I've ever read. I hear his others are more of the same. I'm psyched.
Kadi Kolk
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not recommended to read the entire text in a day. Alert: too much decadence and nihilism. But one essay a day will probably keep the doctor away. Worth reading.
Ferda Nihat Koksoy
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tarih, bir Sahte Mutlaklar Geçidi'nden, bir İdeal İmalathanesi'nden, bahaneler adına dikilmiş bir tapınaklar dizisinden, zihnin Gayri Muhtemel önünde küçülmesinden ibarettir. Akıl Tanrıçası'nın, ulus, sınıf ya da ırk fikrinin yol açtığı aşırılıklar, Engizisyon'un yada Reform'unkilerle akrabadır.
Yazılı tarih, en az kendisini yaratan olaylar kadar insanlıkdışıdır.

(Kuşkuculuk okulunun kurucusu) Pyrrhon'un yanında, kendimi bir Aziz Paul'un yanında olduğundan daha güvenlikte hissede
Bengisu Çaygür
May 20, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: kitaplığımda
Kitap hakkındaki izlenimimi yazmıştım diye düşünüyordum ki yazmamış olduğumu fark ettim. Metis Yayıncılık'a yazmış olduğum-cevaplanmayan- maili *birkaç düzeltme ile paylaşıyorum.

Çürümenin Kitabı Hakkında

Bengisu CAYGUR
19.4.2017 (Çar) 20:21

İyi akşamlar, bir kitabın çevirisi hakkında düşüncelerimi paylaşmak için yazıyorum-yayınlarınızı beğenerek takip etmekte olduğumu da belirtmek isterim-
Yayınlamış olduğunuz, Emil Michel Cioran'ın Var Olma Eğilimi ve Doğmuş Olmanın Sakı
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Born in 1911 in Rășinari, a small village in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania, raised under the rule of a father who was a Romanian Orthodox priest and a mother who was prone to depression, Emil Cioran wrote his first five books in Romanian. Some of these are collections of brief essays (one or two pages, on average); others are collections of aphorisms. Suffering from insomnia since his adoles ...more
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