I'd have to respond by saying that, to me at least, in the future, even in France, his works will be no more relevant than the rhythms of spoken French in Montaigne's time might be today, when most Montaigne sold in France has to be sold in the shape of translations into modern French. Of interest more to historians than those wanting to read classic literature. I can remember that particular era of average spoken French.
Maybe you can too. But when we're gone, they'll be gone forever. Requiescat in Pace, Louis-Ferdinand Destouches. View 1 comment. Dec 02, Jonfaith rated it really liked it. Coincidence rules. I just penned a lengthy for me, anyway treatment of how and why Celine should be approached. That was lost. The how converged his hysterical realism and penchant for splatter of adjective and detail. The why detailed his good faith account of the vanquished, how he understood the stakes of his ideological bent.
Unfortunately and I lose an enemy or two every day … cancer, apoplexy, gluttony … it's a pleasure the number that pass on! Unfortunately, Celine in his derangement perceived his public judgement and persecution to be of personal bent. There is no painting over of crimes or incitement, instead the author captures with intensity the peril of RAF fighters strafing those fleeing from liberated France into Germany. Sanctuary is found in a train built for the Shah of Iran and crowded not only with collaborators but with screaming, shitting children.
Whether he was being glib or not, I credit Joshua Cohen for inviting me to return to Celine after so long. Feb 02, AC rated it it was amazing Shelves: novels-french. As I said in my earlier update, I never thought I would read this book; didn't think I would understand it How wrong I was! View all 13 comments. View all 4 comments. Dec 03, Nikola Pavlovic rated it really liked it. Selin je tako brutalno realan a opet kao da sve sto govori prolazi kroz nekakvu prizmu fantasticnog.
Stil pisanja je haotica a od opisa i poredjenja vam se prevrce stomak. Samo dok to citate znate da je sve bas tako, nista manje surovo nego sto on kaze. Matori je bio namcor, nema sta, samo razumeo je svet oko sebe. Razumeo ga je na jedan osvescujuc nacin. Aug 08, lyell bark rated it it was amazing. Jun 15, Jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: nazi-paris , literary , translated-from-french. Hell, it will be both! Sixty years after its original publication. There is no-one quite like him, and yet all who followed him owed him something.
But he should be read anyway, and much more widely than he is. He is the antithesis to the world of letters, both then, and today He is a bizarre outsider who exists inside it all. This book looks back at a period both after his return to Paris when living in Meudon, and during his stay at the castle Seigmaringen with Vichy officials and others who had been threatened with execution once France was liberated. Sometimes he mentions the imprisonment in Denmark which came between the other two but only in passing.
All dead? But the Jews will get you!
They need him. When they find out he has some cyanide, just a little, something to have at the ready We need him. When he does Laval such a service, he is promised the Governorship of the Islands Saint Pierre and Miquelon from the effectively non-existent Vichy leader. He pretends to take this seriously, and pretends to be crestfallen when the only witness to this proclamation dies. But at the same time: why not be Governor? One of the beauties of his work is he is able to turn the absurd in on itself. A castle is a safe place, but it is also a dangerous prison; and we each go from one to the other.
He is powerless. It lives or dies there.
Of course, you get the feeling that he overstates these things, that he magnifies them He falls short a lot, but he is fantastically in touch with just how much he does, that he hits the mark, every time. And he has to be, as anyone with a half-honest heart. He does as much as he can to help. Because he knows how pathetic we all are, just as he. And he knows where it's all heading. Vrance for the Vrench! Oct 27, Kobe Bryant rated it it was amazing.
Celine hangs out in a castle with a bunch of Nazis. Mar 30, Steve Evans rated it it was amazing. The first of Celine's final trilogy set at the end of WWII, and the book that rescued Celine's reputation after a decade in the critical wilderness. Some have suggested this is his funniest book - there are certainly some hilarious episodes, but to me it pales next to Death on the Instalment Plan and Journey to the End of Night.
But it is fascinating, partly because it is based on Celine's real experience in Sigmaringen, the small town in southern Germany where the Vichy French regime was put by The first of Celine's final trilogy set at the end of WWII, and the book that rescued Celine's reputation after a decade in the critical wilderness. But it is fascinating, partly because it is based on Celine's real experience in Sigmaringen, the small town in southern Germany where the Vichy French regime was put by the Germans after the invasion of Normandy.
As a doctor Celine had access to the big names in the place and his fictional memoir is pretty amazing. Sigmaringen which he called Siegmanringen is still very much like it was then; it was not bombed in the war and much of the centre of the town is just as it was in late and early when Celine was there. For the Celinist it is almost obligatory to visit. Jun 20, Philippe Malzieu rated it it was ok. It is a kind of closed door. Imagine a concentration of routed French fascist, complained to cohabit in the same place.
There is deep resentment and hatred. Celine does not stop complaining, of his living conditions, his absence of recognition.. Such an amount of hatred. He hold it everyone : Sartre the flies with agreement of German censure Aragon, Morand… He was undoubtedly less political skiled. All this little society lose theirself in reasoning, cry on their past glory. It's completely It is a kind of closed door.
It's completely derisory. Nobody assumes the consequences of his choices. It is so much shifted that it is indecent. Remain the style, Celine great prose writer, the inventive prosody.
However, despite her boyfriend, it's clear that she harbors secret feelings for him. A Knight for a Day Take a walk through the castle's armoury, chapel, kitchen, torture chamber and discover the magic of medieval life. He pretends to take this seriously, and pretends to be crestfallen when the only witness to this proclamation dies. While Beckett remains surprised and hurt that Castle has suddenly begun to distance himself from her, she still has not figured out what's triggered this abrupt change. I will definitely return.
Is it sufficient? No, of course. The alone quality of this text, it is the possibility to have good adaptation for theatre. I saw one of them.