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Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Louis-Ferdinand Destouches (May 27, 1894 – July 1, 1961) was a French writer and doctor who wrote under the pen name Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Céline is considered one of the most influental and greatest writers of the twentieth century, developing a new style of writing that modernized both French and World literature. He remains, however, a controversial figure due to his political beliefs and the allegiances he adopted during the Second World War.

He was born Louis-Ferdinand Destouches at Courbevoie in the Seine département (now Hauts-de-Seine). Céline received only a basic education before he joined the French cavalry. He fought in World War I and was decorated for his actions in a battle where he was wounded in the right arm. Discharged from the Army, he worked in Africa. After the war he studied to obtain a medical degree. He then worked for the new League of Nations before taking up a permanent position as a doctor in Paris. He then started to write in his spare time.

His best-known work is Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of the Night; 1932), translated into English most recently by Ralph Manheim. It broke many literary conventions of the time, using the rhythms and, to a certain extent, the vocabulary of slang and vulgar speech in a more consistent (and occasionally difficult) way than earlier writers who had made similar attempts (notably Zola). The book became a public success, but Céline was not awarded the Prix Goncourt; the voting was controversial enough to become the subject of a book (Goncourt 32 by Eugène Saccomano, 1999).

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  • kida86

    Le plus grand de tous. Le reste est insignifiant, stupide et sans veine.

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • warrenzevon

    Surprise pour moi : C'est la voix d'Arletty qui lit la mort à crédit ! Bonne surprise !

    11 Oct 2011 Reply
  • kida86

    Pour les céliniens

    12 Jul 2011 Reply
  • PF-Inferno

    Artiste similaire: Jean-Paul Sartre...

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • kida86

    Faut tout de même être très con pour connecter Céline avec "Le Pen 2012"...

    26 Feb 2011 Reply
  • PF-Inferno

    Le cinquantenaire de la mort de Céline ne sera finalement pas célébré... Pas plus mal finalement, le genre "journée commémorative" (et discours de Frédo Mitterand) l'aurait sans doute fait se retourner dans sa tombe. Tandis que là, cette discorde, quelle rigolade!

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • PF-Inferno

    est-ce que tu s'ras plus dégueulasse mort que vivant?

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Costals

    Faut-il dire à ces potes que la fête est finie? au diable ta sorte! carre! dauffe! m'importe! O malfrat! tes crosses! que le vent t'emporte feuilles mortes, tourbillons et soucis ! (Le règlement)

    8 Mar 2007 Reply

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