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London Bridge: Guignol's Band II

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Publisher Comments:

One of the last major untranslated works by France's most controversial author, is a riotous novel about the London underworld during World War I. Picking up where (1944; English translation 1954) left off, Céline's autobiographical narrator recounts his disastrous partnership with a mystical Frenchman (intent on financing a trip to Tibet by winning a gas-mask competition); his uneasy relationship with London's pimps and whores and their common nemesis, Inspector Matthew of Scotland Yard; and, most scandalously, his affair with a baronet's 14-year-old daughter, an English angel whose descent into vice is suspiciously smooth. He dreams of escaping with her to America to start a new life, but he, his mystical partner, and his under-aged mistress finally awake to reality crossing windswept London Bridge. Written in his trademark style--a headlong rush of slang, brusque observation, and quirky lyricism, delivered in machine-gun bursts of prose and ellipses--Céline re-creates the dark days during the Great War with sordid verisimilitude and desperate hilarity, expertly captured in Dominic Di Bernardi's racy translation.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Louis-Ferdinand Céline (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 Journey to the End of the Night, Death on the Installment Plan, London Bridge, North, Rigadoon, Conversations with Professor Y, Castle to Castle, and Normance.In addition to several of Jacques Roubaud's books, Dominic Di Bernardi has translated works by Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Muriel Cerf, Claude Ollier, and Patrick Grainville, among others.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781564780713
Translator:
Celine, Louis-Ferdinand D.
Translator:
Bernardi, Dominic De
Author:
Cline, Louis-Ferdinand
Author:
Celine, Louis-Ferdinand
Author:
Bernardi, Dominic Di
Author:
Di Bernardi, Dominic
Author:
Bernardi, Dominic De
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Location:
Normal, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
French
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
England
Subject:
World War, 1914-1918
Subject:
French -- England -- London -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series:
French Literature Series
Series Volume:
no. 7
Publication Date:
19950301
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
390
Dimensions:
9 x 6.1 x 1.1 in 1.285 lb

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Product details 390 pages Dalkey Archive Press - English 9781564780713 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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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