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Night Departure; and; No Place
Night departure relates the escape of a band of French soldiers following the murder of two German guards at a prisoner-of-war camp, and their ensuing journey, on foot and unarmed, to their native land. It is a powerfully antiheroic tale in which the escaped prisoners' irrational devotion to one another is offset by acts of petty betrayal and violence. Paranoia and hopeles ...more
Paperback, 467 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Four Walls Eight Windows
(first published 1946)
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Oct 20, 2007 Antiabecedarian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who think Celine was full of shit
BETTER AND MORE SUCCINCT THAN CELINE. But if you can't get enough of "oh shit...!! It's not right!!" and you are hungry for the landscape of war manifested by the very same characters who make up what is now Western Playland, take this up and get a very good idea of what delighful inanity we've wandered through just recently, to get to here. It's not so very far removed, and these same strange ideals have been transferred to other lands, in case we forget and lose sense of what it's like to hide ...more
Emmanuel Bove, born in Paris as Emmanuel Bobovnikoff, died in his native city on Friday 13 July 1945, the night on which all of France prepared for the large-scale celebration of the first 'quatorze juillet' since World War II. He would probably have taken no part in the festivities. Bove was known as a man of few words, a shy and discreet observer. His novels and novellas were populated by awkwar ...moreMore about Emmanuel Bove...