The Trouble With Being Born

The Trouble With Being Born
First edition: New York, Seaver Books/Viking, 1976
Hardcover, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
ISBN 0670732621

De l'inconvénient d'être né
Première édition: Paris, Gallimard, 1973
256 pages, 140 x 205 mm. Collection Les Essais (No 186)
ISBN 2070288390

Description (Arcade pulishing):
"The writing is superb, utterly nuanced with its quizzical irony and despair, and the intellectual pathos of cynicism." -Washington Post Book World

In this volume, which reaffirms the uncompromising brilliance of his mind, Cioran strips the human condition down to its most basic components, birth and death, suggesting that disaster lies not in the prospect of death but in the fact of birth, "that laughable accident." In the lucid, aphoristic style that characterizes his work, Cioran writes of time and death, God and religion, suicide and suffering, and the temptation to silence. In all his writing, Cioran cuts to the heart of the human experience.

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