A Short History of Decay (Penguin Modern Classics) | All Gall Is Divided: The Aphorisms of a Legendary Iconoclast | The Trouble With Being Born | Drawn and Quartered | Tears and Saints | The New Gods | On the Heights of Despair
In this collection of essays and epigrams, E.M. Cioran gives us portraits and evaluations—which he calls "admirations"—of Samuel Beckett, Jorge Luis Borges, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the poet Paul Valery, and Mircea Eliade, among others. In alternating sections of aphorisms—his "anathemas"—he delivers insights on such topics as solitude, flattery, vanity, friendship, insomnia, music, mortality, God, and the lure of disillusion.
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