Emil M. Cioran was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. After studying humanities at the Gheorghe Lazar High School in Sibiu, Cioran aged 17 started to study philosophy at the University of Bucharest. Upon his entrance into the University, he met Ionesco and Mircea Eliade, the three of them becoming lifelong friends.
Future Romanian philosopher Constantin Noica and future Romanian thinker Petre became his closest colleagues for they all had Tudor Vianu and Nae Ionescu as their professors.
Cioran, Eliade, and became supporters of the ideas that their philosophy professor, Nae Ionescu, had become a fervent advocate of a tendency deemed Trairism, which fused Existentialism with ideas common in various forms of Fascism.