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“Scabrous, with his trademark elliptical style. Will provoke, in that Gallic tradition, any sensitive type. He will energize you, force you to feel the early 20c in its WWI horrors
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When it was published in 1932, this then-shocking and revolutionary first fiction redefined the art of the novel with its black humor, its nihilism, and its irreverent, explosive writing style, and made Louis-Ferdinand Celine one of France's--and literature's--most important 20th-Century writers. The picaresque adventures of Bardamu, the sarcastic and brilliant antihero ofJourney to the End of the Nightmove from the battlefields of World War I (complete with buffoonish officers and cowardly soldiers), to French West Africa, the United States, and back to France in a style of prose that's lyrical, hallucinatory, and hilariously scathing toward nearly everybody and everything. Yet, beneath it all one can detect a gentle core of idealism.
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ISBN-10: 0811208478
ISBN-13: 978-0811208475
Author: Louis-Ferdinand Celine
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation

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