Emil Cioran’s perpetual collapse of belief


I construct a form of universe; I believe in it, and it is the universe, which collapses nonetheless under the assault of another certitude or another doubt. The merest illiterate and Aristotle are equally irrefutable—and fragile. The absolute and decrepitude characterize the work ripened for years and the poem dashed off in a moment.
—E. M. Cioran, A Short History of Decay

 


 

Camille Martin

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