Céline is my Proust!

—Philip Roth

The dark side of On the Road: instead of seeking kicks, the French narrator travels the globe to find an ever deeper disgust for life.

Journey to the End of the Night

Fiction by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Translated from the French by Ralph Manheim

With a contribution by William Vollmann

Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy and hypocrisy of society explodes from nearly every page of this novel. Filled with slang and obscenities and written in raw, colloquial language, Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of violence, cruelty and obscene nihilism. This book shocked most critics when it was first published in France in 1932, but quickly became a success with the reading public in Europe, and later in America where it was first published by New Directions in 1952. The story of the improbable yet convincingly described travels of the petit-bourgeois (and largely autobiographical) antihero, Bardamu, from the trenches of World War I, to the African jungle, to New York and Detroit, and finally to life as a failed doctor in Paris, takes the readers by the scruff and hurtles them toward the novel’s inevitable, sad conclusion.

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Paperback (published May 1, 2006)

ISBN
9780811216548
Price US
17.95
Price CN
20.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
464

Ebook (published May 1, 2006)

ISBN
9780811223614
Price US
9.99
Page Count
464

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

20th century French writer and physician

Céline is my Proust!

—Philip Roth

This is the novel, perhaps more than any other, that inspired me to write fiction. Céline showed me that it was possible to convey things that had heretofore seemed inaccessible.

—Will Self, The New York Times Book Review