Celine L-F : Rigadoon

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9780140040838: Celine L-F : Rigadoon

Often comic and always angry, the first-person autobiographical narrator, with his wife and their cat in tow, takes the reader with him on his flight from Paris to Denmark after finding himself on the losing side of World War II. The train rides that encompass the novel are filled with madness and mercy, as C?line, a physician, aids refugees while ignoring his own medical needs.

C?line's inventive style and black humor profoundly influenced many writers who came after him, including Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. As Kurt Vonnegut states in his introduction to this edition, "[C?line] demonstrated that perhaps half of all experience, the animal half, had been concealed by good manners. No honest writer or speaker will ever want to be polite again."

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Celine quite deliberately makes us feel the inescapable, mind-rotting horror of endless chaos, the fact of war as Americans have never known it.

Lit with a flash of frighteningly lucid prophecy, and seen to be nothing less than the doom of the human race. . . . But what is oddest of all about Rigadoon, and what distinguishes it from Celine's other work, is its sense of peace, almost of consummation, at the sight of a Europe in rubble and flames.

Celine's explosive language and style is the very sign of his experience: its full impact explodes, as if by delayed reaction, before the eyes, and in the consciousness, of author, narrator, and reader alike.

More than most modern authors, [Celine is] able to plunge directly into the burning center, where Europe, in rage and anguish, is tearing itself apart. In so doing, he captures the heat and energy of he final holocaust better than almost anyone.

Manheim's translation succeeds in capturing the powerful immediacy of Celine's prose.

Manheim s translation succeeds in capturing the powerful immediacy of Celine s prose.

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Manheim s translation succeeds in capturing the powerful immediacy of Celine s prose.

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