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The unwanted review

Cioran is a Romanian genius, a philosopher who can turn extreme anguish into supreme elegance. But, as Duncan Fallowell finds out, no one seems to care

By Duncan Fallowell   November 1996

As an admirer of the Romanian philosopher EM Cioran, I very much wanted to review his book, History and Utopia. I thought of the Observer whose books pages are not anti-intellectual. But after I explained to the acting literary editor that Cioran was a 20th century European writer of the first rank, he said: “It’s a blind spot for me.”

So I rang The Times. Their literary editor seemed to be a composite of several individuals, but they said they would ring back. And they did-the answer was no to Cioran, but would I like to review a book on…

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