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Emil Cioran centenary, celebrated at Paris Book Salon

The 31st edition of the Paris Book Salon will take place between March 18 and 21, and Romania will be represented by a national stand organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR). The institute will also organize, in the Salon, the roundtable “Cioran: Pessimism Triumphant”, in partnership with the National Book Centre in Romania and Bucharest’s Romanian Literature Museum.


Passed away in 1995, Emil M. Cioran, Romanian-born French philosopher, would have turned 100 on April 8, 2011. “Described, in turn, as a stylist of despair, an aristocrat of doubt or a metaphysical dandy … Who was Cioran, really? Who is this man who ended up in France at 26 and who, after having written five books in Romanian, chose the corset of French, ‘an unapproachable language, too noble, too refined”, to turn it into ‘the language of a master’?”, the announcement on the ICR Paris website reads.


The first interview shot with the writer, “L’Apocalypse selon Cioran” (Apocalypse according to Cioran), will be first broadcast in France, at the Paris Book Salon. For the first time ever, Emil Cioran had agreed to speak in front of a camera, having the Romanian intellectual Gabriel Liiceanu for an interlocutor, in a film shot by cinematographer Sorin Iliesu. At the same time, the Book Salon will host a screening of the documentary “Emil Cioran”, signed by Bernard Jourdain and Patrice Bollon.


The 31st edition of the Paris Book Salon has, as guests of honour, writers from the Northern countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland -, and also features a programme dedicated to Buenos Aires, appointed by UNESCO the 2011 World Book Capital, as well as a comic strips exhibition dedicated to British crime author Agatha Christie and one dedicated to the centenary of Gallimard.

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