North (Paperback) - Celine, Louis-Ferdinand/ Manheim, Ralph

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In this novel, Louis-Ferdinand Celine (Journey to the End of the Night, Death on the Installment Plan) offers us a vivid chronicle of a desperate man''s frantic flight from France in the final months of World War II.

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Publisher Columbia Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9781564781420
SKU 30289052
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1564781429
Release Date 9/1/1996
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.75L x 1T
Author Info
Louis Ferdinand Celine
C?line was educated in Paris, Germany, and England. He worked his way through university as a clerk and errand boy, and was briefly a goldsmith. He qualified as a doctor in 1924, was married twice, and had a daughter. After serving in the World War I cavalry, he practiced medicine most of his life. His first novel, JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE NIGHT, about World War I and its aftermath from the point of view of a young doctor, was published in 1932 and made his reputation as a great new voice in French literature. He worked as a doctor for the League of Nations, as well as in Germany and Denmark during World War II, publishing two pamphlets advocating appeasement and agreeing with Hitler about the Jews. He served one year in prison for collaborating with the Germans, but was pardoned in 1951; C?line was more a sympathizer than an actual collaborator, and in 1957 he published CASTLE TO CASTLE, a blackly comic satire about collaborators. Despite his controversial politics, C?line is valued as an important experimental writer.
Praise
"Simply as a tale of a picaresque ordeal...'North' is fascinating and fizzy, butwhat makes it so potent a document is the 'remarkable sensibility' that Gidecommended. The prose has a dense inconsecutiveness brought about in part byC?line's favorite device of the dots...(which both invite you on and trip you up),but also by his flair for letting his imagination range further than his analyticalmind wants to go. Thus, nonchronologically, you read the book by vaultingfrom one salient to another."
"Every writer is in his debt....By being so impolite, he demonstrated thatperhaps half of all experience, the animal half, had been concealed by goodmanners. No honest writer or speaker will ever want to be polite again."
"Celine...was one of the most important voices in modern French fiction, and his influence on American as well as French novelists cannot be underestimated."
From the Publisher
Annotation A novel of refugee life during the last days of World War II. The narrator Ferdinand-- accompanied by his wife Lili, their cat Bebert, and an actor friend--flees Paris for Baden-Baden, then is sent to Berlin. Eventually he leaves for Denmark to recover the stash of gold he had hidden away before the war.
Editors Note North is a vivid chronicle of a desperate man's frantic months of World War II. Accompanied by his wife Lili, their cat Bebert, and an actor friend, our autobiographical narrator Ferdinand leaves Paris for Baden-Baden (a World War II hideaway for wealthy Germans), then is sent to a bombed-out Berlin, and finally leaves in search for gold- gold he stashed in Denmark prior to the war. With the Third Reich in ruins and the Allied armies on Ferdinand's heels, North combines documentary realism with hallucinatory images, capturing the chaos of war and its toll on both victim and victimizer. Ralph Manheim's critically acclaimed translation is followed by a dozen pages of notes on the text.
Editors Note 2 In this novel, Louis-Ferdinand Celine (Journey to the End of the Night, Death on the Installment Plan) offers us a vivid chronicle of a desperate man's frantic flight from France in the final months of World War II. Accompanied by his wife, their cat, and an actor friend, our autobiographical narrator Ferdinand leaves Paris for Baden-Baden (a World War II hideaway for wealthy Germans), is then sent to a bombed-out Berlin, and finally leaves for Denmark in search of the gold he had stashed there prior to the war. With the Third Reich in ruins and the Allied armies on Ferdinand's heels, North combines documentary realism with hallucinatory images, capturing the chaos of war and its toll on both victim and victimizer.
Product Attributes
Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0454
Publisher Dalkey Archive Press

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