London Bridge by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
(French Literature Series)

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In this widely acclaimed translation, Dominic DiBernardi expertly captures Céline's trademark style of prose which has served as inspiration to such American writers as Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller.


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Louis-Ferdinand Celine horrified his readers in Journey to the End of Night (1932) and Death on the Installment Plan (1936), which draw upon his experiences as a doctor in the poor neighborhoods of Paris. The novels won him an international readership. Celine's world as portrayed in these books is brutal and violent-a place of filth, perversion, obscenity, perfidy, and crime. Yet critics have found what they called a fierce sincerity in his writing. A violent anti-Semite, Celine was a known collaborationist during the German occupation of France. Fleeing to Denmark after the collapse of Germany, he was imprisoned and later permitted to return to France, mentally unstable and partly paralyzed. His linguistic exuberance recalls a vein of French writing going back through Hugo to Rabelais, and his style has greatly influenced such American writers as Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac. In addition to several of Jacques Roubaudrsquo;s books, Dominic Di Bernardi has translated works by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Muriel Cerf, Claude Ollier, and Patrick Grainville, among others.
Published March 1, 1995 by Dalkey Archive Press. 390 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Whatever one thinks of Celine's politics, it's hard to deny his position as an innovative, influential and still readable writer. Originally published in 1965 but never before translated into English,

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