Drawn and Quartered
First English edition: New york, Viking Press, A Richard Seaver Book, 1983
Première édition: Paris, Gallimard, 1979
184 pages, 140 x 205 mm. Collection Les Essais (No 207)
Description (Arcade Publishing):
This collection focuses on the relationship between truth and action and develops Cioran's notion of human history and events as "a procession of delusions." First time in paperback.
In this collection of aphorisms and short essays, E.M. Cioran sets about the task of peeling off the layers of false realities with which society masks the truth. For him, real hope lies in this task, and thus, while he perceives the world darkly, he refuses to give in to despair. He hits upon this ultimate truth by developing his notion of human history and events as "a procession of delusions," striking out at the so-called "Fallacies of Hope." By examining the relationship between truth and action and between absolutes, unknowables, and frauds, Cioran comes out, for once, in favor of being.