Enter your details here to receive news and original content from Penguin Classics and Modern Classics, as well as information on forthcoming events, special offers and competitions.
Book: Paperback | 129 x 198mm | 192 pages | ISBN 9780141192727 | 06 May 2010 | Penguin Classics | 0 - years
A Short History of Decay (1949) is E. M. Cioran's nihilistic and witty collection of aphoristic essays concerning the nature of civilization in mid-twentieth-century Europe. Touching upon Man's need to worship, the feebleness of God, the downfall of the Ancient Greeks and the melancholy baseness of all existence, Cioran's pieces are pessimistic in the extreme, but also display a beautiful certainty that renders them delicate, vivid, and memorable. Illuminating and brutally honest, A Short History of Decay dissects Man's decadence in a remarkable series of moving and beautiful pieces.