New York: Arcade Publishing, 1999. 1st Edition in English. Slim octavo, publisher’s black cloth over red paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original printed dust jacket.
"Pain instigates the world only to unmask its unreality.” First edition in English of philosophical pessimist and Nietzsche disciple E.M. Cioran’s book of aphorisms. The second volume he published in French after moving from Romania to Paris, this nihilistic breviary comprises observations and musings on literature, religion, estrangement, suicide, paradoxes, conflicts, and more. Translated, with an introduction, by Pulitzer prize-winning poet and translator Richard Howard. Originally published in France in 1952. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Item #5441