A more intense realization of the horrors of the Great War has never been written.

Adam Gopnik

Louis-Ferdinand Céline, as if declaiming from his grave, thunders back to life: that inimitable, scorching, and monstrously powerful voice roars at us anew in this long-lost novel

Available Jun, 11 2024


Fictionby Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Translated by Charlotte Mandell

Céline had long claimed that Death on the Installment Plan was part of a trilogy, and that the manuscripts of War and London had been stolen by the Resistance from his apartment, when he fled for his life—an abhorred collaborator—from Paris. Few believed him, but then, mysteriously, the manuscripts came to light in 2020. Greeted rapturously in France (“a miracle,” Le Monde; “the discovery of a great text,” Le Point), War is sure to generate more controversy abroad. Though much revered as “the most blackly humorous and disenchanted voice in all of French literature” (London Review of Books), Céline is also reviled for his infamous antisemitic wartime pamphlets.

War begins with Ferdinand waking in shock on the battlefield, grievously injured, with all his comrades sprawled out dead around him: it’s a scene of visceral horror, carnage, and pain.

The novel’s key idea—that trench warfare lodges itself in the soldier’s head forever, goes on destroying him, cuts him off from those who have not been on the front, and makes the hypocrisies of their safe world repugnant—drives itself under the reader’s skin, powered by the sheer velocity of Céline’s voracious, gritty, raw, graphic style.

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Portrait of Louis-Ferdinand Céline

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

20th century French writer and physician

A more intense realization of the horrors of the Great War has never been written.

Adam Gopnik

War has its own sinister charm, and it provides a further hallucinated contribution to Céline’s case against war… In Search of Unlost Terror might be a title for the book.

Michael Wood, London Review of Books

The missing link between the Marquis and Henry Miller. Inimitably rowdy.

Michael Hofmann