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A "Rigodon" Celine lavorò lentamente, con fatica, indugiando per settimane tra continue cancellature e pentimenti. Il mattino del primo luglio 1961 comunicò alla moglie e all'editore Gallimard che il libro era finito. Alle diciotto dello stesso giorno un'emorragia cerebrale lo uccise. Le prime venti pagine sono ambientate nella casa di Meudon, alla periferia di Parigi, dov...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 30th 1975 by Penguin Books (first published 1969)
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MJ Nicholls
Céline completed this final instalment in his trilogy a day before his death . . . so much for that happy retirement . . . this book (and apparently all of his novels) have a fragmented nouveau roman approach: breaking the text into unpunctuated sentences connected via ellipses . . . like this . . . and this . . . to convey the flow of thoughts and speech . . . and to do away with that bothersome process of having to . . . you know . . . polish really good sentences . . . if only Updike had done...more
«Rigodon : Danse servant de conclusion à la plupart des déplacements des danseurs et termine en point d'orgue le phrasé musical. »
Rigodon, c’est le point d’orgue du style émotif de Céline. La conclusion à la trilogie allemande. La fin de cette danse entre les bombes de la RAF dans une Allemagne dévastée par la fin de la seconde guerre mondiale. C’est aussi, le dernier livre de Céline, qu’il a terminé le jour de sa mort. Une conclusion envers et contre tous. C’est un récit grotesque et musical. O...more
Un livre que j'ai lu une première fois il y a bien longtemps maintenant, c'était le premier ouvrage de Céline que j'abordais. Je déconseille donc formellement sa lecture avant au moins d'avoir lu "Nord" et "D'un château l'autre", ça n'aurait presque aucun intérêt. Mais maintenant que je les ai lus, j'ai bien apprécié Rigodon qui complète, qui éclaircit encore un peu les péripéties de Céline dans l'Allemagne nazi qui perd la guerre 39-45, dans une ruée vers le nord. J'adore toujours ce style si p...more
It is, shockingly, this trilogy of 'flight' -- and not Voyage or even Mort -- that is, in my opinion, Céline's true masterpiece.... just stunning.... and of these, Rigadoon is the greatest of the triad.
This book is beyond weird. It has a feel of magical realism when you read it... of events taking place in a supposedly real world setting that are too fantastical to really happen... but then when you stop to think about them, you realise that there's nothing really implausible or magical about anything that actually happens... it's just a sense from the rhythm of the story constructed around them.

The sense of disconnection may be helped along by the infuriating writing... all those ellipses! E...more
Steve Evans
There seems to be some debate over whether this final instalment of Celine's end of war trilogy was really finished (he died the day after, on one account). It doesn't matter. It's a pared-down version of how he often wrote in the past, but not necessarily bad for all that, and has some really wonderful touches. As with much of his work, it ends on an odd note that is affecting without seeking to provide "closure". I've read this book five or six times and always get something new from it.
Céline's deranged & damaged WWII travels escaping from France (he was a nazi sympathizer) into Germany. Contrary to what one might expect, Céline writes of trying to help people as a doctor, & is, as the bk description here says, "compassionate". Maybe he was just trying to cover his ass in case he was caught. The writing technique is somewhat disjointed - mostly phrases separated by ellipses. Reminds me of Burroughs' cut-ups in its harshness & fragmentation.
Disons, que ce n'est pas le meilleur Céline. Pas mal d'incohérences, un style un peu trop outré. On sent que le produit n'est pas fini.

A sa décharge, il n'a pas eu le temps de le finaliser ou plutôt de le "monter". Il est mort avant...
Richard Fulgham
Only a dyed in the wool Celine fan will like or even undersand his one. But it's a great read and funny as hell.
Una lettura che un giorno o l'altro dovrò riprendere. Affascinante e al tempo stesso indisponenente.
That scene with the children dancing is one of the best, most painful and vivid scenes ever.
lyell bark
thanks for teaching me the words "myriatons" and "pellagra" dr. destouches
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Луи-Фердинанд Селин

Louis-Ferdinand Celine, pen name of Dr. Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, is best known for his works Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of the Night), and Mort à crédit (Death on the Installment Plan). His highly innovative writing style using Parisian vernacular, vulgarities, and intentionally peppering ellipses throughout the text was used to evoke th...more
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