The Trouble With Being Born

The Trouble With Being Born - Penguin Modern Classics

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'Not to be born is undoubtedly the best plan of all. Unfortunately it is within no one's reach.'

In The Trouble With Being Born, E. M. Cioran grapples with the major questions of human existence: birth, death, God, the passing of time, how to relate to others and how to make ourselves get out of bed in the morning.

In a series of interlinking aphorisms which are at once pessimistic, poetic and extremely funny, Cioran finds a kind of joy in his own despair, revelling in the absurdity and futility of our existence, and our inability to live in the world.

Translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and critic Richard Howard, The Trouble With Being Born is a provocative, illuminating testament to a singular mind.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241467275
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Edition: New edition
DEWEY: 194
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6782
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 37g
Height: 128mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 22mm