Journey to the End of the Night (Paperback)

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By Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Ralph Manheim (Translator), William T. Vollmann (Afterword by)
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An incredibly imaginitive and satiric story, the power of which will shake you down to your very core. It reads as urgent and explosive, and Celine's prose reflects his deep fury with society. You will not regret picking up this book. -- Nicole

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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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780811216548
ISBN-10: 0811216543
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: May 17th, 2006
Pages: 453
Language: English