209pp , IN ENGLISH, ABOUT THE AUTHOR :: Frédéric -Louis Sauser ( September 1, 1887 a January 21, 1961 ) , better known as Blaise Cendrars , was a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized French in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence on the Modernist movimiento.Su literary career was interrupted by World War II. When he started , he and Italian writer Ricciotto Canudo appealed to other foreign artists to join the French army in battle. He joined the French Foreign Legion. He was sent to the front line in the Somme , where since mid-December 1914 to February 1915 was in line at Frise (La Grenouillère and Bois de la Vache ) . He described this experience in the book The Main coupée ( The severed hand ) and J'ai tue ( I killed ) . It was during the bloody attacks in Champagne in September 1915 when Blaise Cendrars lost his right arm and was discharged from the army. Jean Cocteau introduced him to Eugenia Errazuriz , who proved to be a support, although sometimes possessive pattern. Around 1918 he visited his home and was so impressed with the simplicity of the decor was inspired to write the poems of De Outremer to indigo ( indigo from overseas ) . He stayed with Eugenia at his home in Biarritz, in a room decorated with murals by Pablo Picasso. At this time he was also driving an old Alfa Romeo had been colored - coordinated by Georges Braque. [2 ] Cendrars became an important part of the era of artistic creativity in Montparnasse at the time, his writings a literary epic of modern adventurer. He was a friend of Henry Miller who called his " idol " , a man who " really revered as a writer." [3 ] - as well as many of the writers , painters and sculptors living in Paris. In 1918 , his friend Amedeo Modigliani painted his portrait. He knew Ernest Hemingway, who mentions having seen "with his broken nose boxer and immobilized on a vacuum hose , rolling a cigarette with his good hand " in the Closerie des Lilas, in Paris. [4 ] After the war , he became involved in the
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At once truly appalling and appallingly funny, Blaise Cendrars's Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch—except that it's a lot more entertaining to read. Heir to an immense aristocratic fortune, mental and physical mutant Moravagine is a monster, a man in pursuit of a theorem that will justify his every desire. Released from a hospital for the criminally insane by his starstruck psychiatrist (the narrator of the book), who foresees a companionship in crime that will also be an unprecedented scientific collaboration, Moravagine travels from Moscow to San Antonio to deepest Amazonia, engaged in schemes and scams as, among other things, terrorist, speculator, gold prospector, and pilot. He also enjoys a busy sideline in rape and murder. At last, the two friends return to Europe—just in time for World War I, when "the whole world was doing a Moravagine."
This new edition of Cendrars's underground classic is the first in English to include the author's afterword, "How I Wrote Moravagine."
Praise for Blaise Cendrars "Moravagine seeks damnation and extinction with a glee unequaled in literature. The only parallels that come to mind are Celine and Beckett."
"Rip-roaring fiction and imaginative adventuring on all planes of experience."
-- Times Literary Supplement
"Moravagine seeks damnation and extinction with a glee unequaled in literature. The only parallels that come to mind are Celine and Beckett."
-- Sven Birkerts, New Boston Review
"An unbridled picaresque fantasy...full of tenderness, horror, and ink-black jokes of a visual intensity that recall Goya."
-- Financial Times
"Savage, funny, wildly inventive."
-- John Lehmann, Sunday Telegraph
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