Book Review: The Trouble With Being Born by Emil Cioran

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The Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran (1911–1995) was a precocious thinker, reading the likes of Diderot, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche at the age of 14 (the latter having a major influence on his work). His precociousness was later exemplified by first major philosophical work, On the Heights of Despair, published in 1934, when Cioran was just 22 years old. This work also earned him the Prize of the Royal Academy for young writers, one of two literary awards he accepted (he was known to reject awards, in general).

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Originally published at on May 4, 2020.

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