A Short History Of Decay

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In the fact of being born there is such an absence of necessity that when you think about it a little more than usual you are left . . . with a foolish grin.

E. M. Cioran confronts the place of today's world in the context of human historyfocusing on such major issues of the twentieth century as human progress, fanaticism, and sciencein this nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century Europe. Touching upon Man's need to worship, the feebleness of God, the downfall of the Ancient Greeks and the melancholy baseness of all existence, Cioran's pieces are pessimistic in the extreme, but also display a beautiful certainty that renders them delicate, vivid, and memorable. Illuminating and brutally honest, A Short History of Decay dissects Man's decadence in a remarkable series of moving and beautiful pieces.

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