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Journey To the End of the Night

Category: Book
By (author): Celine, Louis Ferdinand
Translated By: Manheim, Ralph
Series: New Directions Paperbook
Subject:  FICTION / In Translation / French
  FICTION / Literary
Publisher: WW Norton
Published: May 2006
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 8.00in x 5.20in x 1.20in
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From The Publisher*Louis-Ferdinand Celine's revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy and hypocrisy of society explodes from nearly every page of this novel. Filled with slang and obscenities and written in raw, colloquial language, Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of violence, cruelty and obscene nihilism. This book shocked most critics when it was first published in France in 1932, but quickly became a success with the reading public in Europe, and later in America where it was first published by New Directions in 1952. The story of the improbable yet convincingly described travels of the petit-bourgeois (and largely autobiographical) antihero, Bardamu, from the trenches of World War I, to the African jungle, to New York and Detroit, and finally to life as a failed doctor in Paris, takes the readers by the scruff and hurtles them toward the novel's inevitable, sad conclusion.
Review Quote*Céline is my Proust! - Philip Roth

This is the novel, perhaps more than any other, that inspired me to write fiction. Céline showed me that it was possible to convey things that had heretofore seemed inaccessible. - Will Self (New York Times Book Review)
Biographical NoteWilliam T. Vollmann is the author of The Atlas (winner of the 1997 PEN Center West Award), Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes, and Europe Central. His nonfiction includes Rising Up and Rising Down which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2003.