Aryan Skynet

Emil Cioran (1911-1995) was a pessimistic Romanian antinatalist philosopher who lived the second half of his life in Paris where his existentialist writings were highly regarded. Several of Cioran’s works remain in print in English translation; but one book, 1936’s The Transfiguration of Romania, seems to have suffered a fate similar to that of Solzhenitsyn’s Two Hundred Years Together and remains unavailable excepting excerpts. “Soon after Cioran’s death, a stormy controversy arose in the French and Romanian press,” recounts Jewish-Romanian writer Norman Manea.

It concentrated on his youthful political extremism, his outrageous statements about Hitler and Corneliu Zelea Codreanu, the “Captain” of the infamous Iron Guard, that extreme right-wing Romanian movement of the 1930s that claimed to be “Christian-Orthodox.” Readers were reminded that Cioran wrote in 1937, “No other politician of today inspires a greater sympathy than Hitler. … Hitler’s merit consists in depriving his nation of its critical…

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