Précis de décomposition  

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"When we are young we look for heroes. I have had mine: Kleist, Karoline von Gunderode, Nerval, Otto Weininger. . . . Intoxicated by their suicides, I was certain that they alone had gone to the end, that they drew, in death, the right conclusion from their thwarted or fulfilled loves, from their broken minds or philosophic pain. That a man should survive his passion was enough to make him contemptible or abject in my eyes: which is to say that humanity was superfluous." --"My Heroes", collected in Précis de décomposition

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Précis de décomposition is a book by Emil Cioran. It was translated as A Short History of Decay.

The American film A Short History of Decay (2012) is not an adaptation of Cioran's book.

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