The Trouble with Being Born by E.M. Cioran

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4.5/5 Stars.

Strangely enough, this was a joy to read. Cioran balances his extreme nihilism and pessimism with wicked humor and irony. Kind of like if Rust Cohle had more self-doubt and a better sense of humor. To paraphrase an Amazon review I came across, there’s something oddly life-affirming about his gleefully pessimistic meditations on death, decay, nihilism, and Buddhism. Also worth mentioning: he writes beautifully.