Journey to the End of the Night - Louis-Ferdinand Céline & Ralph Manheim

Journey to the End of the Night

By Louis-Ferdinand Céline & Ralph Manheim

  • Release Date - Published: 2006-05-17
  • Book Genre: Fiction & Literature
  • Author: Louis-Ferdinand Céline & Ralph Manheim
Our rating: 5/5 stars

5 Score: 5 (From 10 Ratings)

Journey to the End of the Night Louis-Ferdinand Céline & Ralph Manheim read online review & book description:

Céline’s masterpiece—colloquial, polemic, hyper-realistic, boiling over with black humor
Céline’s masterpiece—colloquial, polemic, hyper realistic—boils over with bitter humor and revulsion at society’s idiocy and hypocrisy: Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of cruelty and violence that hurtles through the improbable travels of the petit bourgeois (and largely autobiographical) antihero, Bardamu: from the trenches of WWI, to the African jungle, to New York, to the Ford Factory in Detroit, and finally to life in Paris as a failed doctor. Ralph Manheim’s pitch-perfect translation captures Céline’s savage energy, and a dynamic afterword by William T. Vollmann presents a fresh, furiously alive take on this astonishing novel.

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Posted Reviews

  • Behold, the master

    5
    By Dante Modaffari
    This is the novel. There is nothing quite like it, no other author that can sing, taunt, demean and cheer. Céline can write about the aristocracy of a woman's leg or the idiocy of jingoism, all with brilliance, with éclat, with a voice that commands your attention. What makes Céline great is not that he writes of reality, but the hallucinations provoked by reality.
  • beautifully written but deeply tragic

    5
    By lee chew
    despite the bleakness of the story, because céline’s writing is so breathtakingly beautiful, so completely raw, so unsparingly truthful, it’s impossible not to respect his artistry. this is an absolutely amazing writer.

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