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Death on the Installment Plan

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ISBN13: 9780811200172
ISBN10: 0811200175
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Published in rapid succession in the middle 1930s, these two books shocked European literatue and world consciousness. Nominally fiction but more rightly called "creative confessions," they told of the author's childhood in excoriating Paris slums, of serves in the mud wastes of World War I and African jungles. Mixing unmitigated despair with Gargantuan comedy, they also created a new style, in which invective and obscenity were laced with phrases of unforgettable poetry. Céline's influence revolutionized the contemporary approach to fiction. Under a cloud for a period, his work is now acknowledged as the forerunner of today's "black humor."

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Death on the Installment Plan is a companion volume to Louis-Ferinand Céline's earlier novel Journey to the End of Night.

Synopsis:

is a companion volume to Louis-Ferinand Céline's earlier novel .

About the Author

(1894-1961) was a French writer and doctor whose novels are antiheroic visions of human suffering. Accused of collaboration with the Nazis, Céline fled France in 1944 first to Germany and then to Denmark. Condemned by default (1950) in France to one year of imprisonment and declared a national disgrace, Céline returned to France after his pardon in 1951, where he continued to write until his death. His classic books include , , , , , , and . (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work. (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work.

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Gisevius, January 9, 2012 (view all comments by Gisevius)
Described as the "companion" to Celine's Journey to the End of the Night, this is the first work by Celine that I have read. It took no more than 10 pages before I was hooked and was blazing through the ill-starred (anti-?) hero's misadventures. I am by no means an authority on the subject, but I nonetheless discerned the prototype of a style to be employed by writers such as Bukowski and some "Beat" writers, in the decades to follow this novel.

Although I can't compare Ray Manheim's translation to another, since I've only read his, and furthermore in spite of the fact that I can't and haven't read Mort a Credit in its original French, I sense that this translation is excellent at rendering the slangy and colloquial manner and idiomatic speech that Celine voices his characters with.

Certainly worth the time spent on reading it. Now I'm on to Journey to the End of the Night.
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Anthony Pepitone, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Anthony Pepitone)
This book is a very dark bildungsroman. The book's humor derives from Celine's usage of slang/argot within the context of the adult characters' various obsessions and compulsions. I don't think it is fair to characterize the novel as "nihilistic." It is very, very dark and filled with paranoid hallucinations, yet Celine conveys a genuine sense of a child's viewpoint . . . think of "A Christmas Story" set in France on the eve of World War I.
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greengills, November 21, 2010 (view all comments by greengills)
Off all the books I've had to part with, I'm grad I lend this to someone so I at least know where it is, instead of having to sell it in a suitcase full of books that I only got 10 dollars for all 40 of them, thanks St Louis, MO.

I read the majority of this in my parents basement, I didn't want to stop, or work or sleep till i finished it then I did and I felt lost because my world had just ended and I had to come to terms with my shit situation and count the days til I moved out west.

Lunatics, every person in this book. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811200172
Translator:
Manheim, Ralph
Author:
Buchanan
Author:
Celine, Louis-Ferdinand D.
Author:
Celine, Louis-Ferdinand
Author:
Manheim, Ralph
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Noir fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Series Volume:
98-979
Publication Date:
19710117
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.6 in 1.145 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Death on the Installment Plan is a companion volume to Louis-Ferinand Céline's earlier novel Journey to the End of Night.
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