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Louis-ferdinand Céline

Birthdate: 27. May 1894
Date of death: 1. July 1961

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was the pen name of Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches , a French novelist, pamphleteer and physician. He developed a new style of writing that modernized French literature. His most famous work is the 1932 novel, Journey to the End of the Night.

Céline used a working-class, spoken style of language in his writings, and attacked what he considered to be the overly polished, "bourgeois" language of the "academy". His works influenced a broad array of literary figures, not only in France but also in the English-speaking world and elsewhere in the Western World; this includes authors associated with modernism, existentialism, black comedy and the Beat Generation.

However, Céline's vocal support for the Axis powers during the Second World War and his authorship of some offensively antisemitic pamphlets, has meant that his legacy as a cultural icon is a tangled one.

Works

Journey to the End of the Night
Journey to the End of the Night
Louis-ferdinand Céline
North
Louis-ferdinand Céline
Death on Credit
Death on Credit
Louis-ferdinand Céline
L'École des cadavres
L'École des cadavres
Louis-ferdinand Céline

„The best thing to do when you're in this world, don't you agree, is to get out of it. Crazy or not, scared or not.“

—  Louis-ferdinand Céline, book Journey to the End of the Night

Source: Journey to the End of the Night (1932), Chapter 5
Context: Then I fell sick, I was delirious, driven mad by fear, they said at the hospital. Maybe so. The best thing to do when you're in this world, don't you agree, is to get out of it. Crazy or not, scared or not.

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