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Cioran, E. M. (Author) & Howard, Richard (Translator). ANATHEMAS AND ADMIRATIONS. New York City, NY: Arcade Publishing, 1991. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 256 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of literary and philosophical essays and aphorisms. One of E. M. Cioran's finest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 2012 Reissued Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in one brilliant volume, E. M. Cioran's "Aveux et anathemes" and "Exercices d'admiration" in definitive English translations by Richard Howard, the great American poet, who is widely regarded as chiefly responsible for successfully translating Cioran's voice, not just his words, into English. The author's seventh work to be translated into English, it is a most remarkable collection of twenty-two philosophical and literary essays. The otherwise "all over the place" aphorisms are grouped under individual essays although none of the latter is meant to cohere. In the crowded and competitive field called Modernism, E. M. Cioran stands out: The singular voice of rationality and Reason, on the one hand, and the Nietzschean spokesman of profound, not just residual, attachment to mysticism and myth, Un-Reason, on the other. "Portraits and evaluations of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paul Valery, and Mircea Eliade, among others. Insights on such topics as solitude, flattery, vanity, friendship, insomnia, music, mortality, God, and the allure of disillusion" (Publisher's blurb). The full-length essays, "Joseph De Maistre: An Essay On Reactionary Thought", the longest piece in the collection at 57 pages, and "Valery Facing His Idols", are nothing less than two of the greatest essays ever written in the history of Western philosophy and literature. They prove, if proof were still needed, that Cioran is indeed "one of the most delicate minds of real power" (Susan Sontag). The essay on De Maistre, first published ages ago, in 1957, will make anyone who patiently reads it understand BOTH the conservative ("Right") and progressive ("Left") ideologies of our time as no contemporary pundit, politician, or thinker, every single one of them pedestrian, blind partisans, ever could. An absolute "must-have" title for E. M. Cioran collectors. This title is a great collection. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing (1991) still available online and despite its imperfection (visible fading on the DJ spine, a publisher's flaw present in all copies) is still in especially fine condition: Every single internal page is clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws (abusive highlighting, underlining, and writing on inside pages that every Cioran book is subjected to) or are the 2012 Reissued Edition. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest writer-philosophers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER E. M. CIORAN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1628729252. $150.00

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