Emil Cioran: „Is it possible that existence is our exile and nothingness our home?“, 1934
CIORAN, Emil: PE CULMILE DISPERĂRII [On the Height of Despair]. First edition. București: 1934.
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Emil Cioran: Pe culmile disperării [On the Height of Despair]. First edition. București: Fundația pentru literatură si artă "Regele Carol II". 1934.
8°. 166 [2 (colofon)] pages. Original publisher's pictorial wrappers with black and green title printing on white stock.
First edition of this first book publication by Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran, one of the core protagonists of philosophical pessimism during the 20th century.
Contents, Edition: The essay was finished in 1933 Nazi Germany, were Cioran resided thanks to a scholarship by the Berlin Humboldt University. He would never conceal his expressed admiration for Hitler and the Nazi ideology. Fastly awarded with a prize for young authors in Romania for this publication, he became famous overnight. „On the Height of Despair“, the first of only a handful books written by Cioran in his Romanian mother tongue, already contains a key element of Cioran’s philosophy: despair and suffering as driving forces for surviving in a world of human alienation. „Is it possible that existence is our exile and nothingness our home?“ remains a core notion in this essay, and identifies young Cioran as a precursor to French existentialists like Camus and Sartre.
Condition: Front cover and bottom of spine with skilfully restored tears, front cover with tipped-on small private collection label, rear cover with restored little hole (with a small portion of text [publisher’s advertisements] lost), title page with private owner's signature, paper in parts very slightly foxy, otherwise well preserved copy of this fragile paperback.
Reference: Dicționarul Scriitorilor Români I, 589.