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The Church: A Comedy in Five Acts

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The Church, one of Céline's few dramatic works, was written in 1933, just one year after his great masterpiece Voyage au bout de la nuit (Journey to the End of Night). The play is a highly satirical work that mocks almost all races and religions, typical, in part, of Céline's diatribes. Yet here also is a work of great wit, sharing Céline's great comedic-tragic vision of h ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Green Integer (first published 1933)
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Celine wrote this satirical five-act play a year after his first novel, the masterful Journey to the End of the Night. Its settings are an African colony, a New York theatre, a placeless League of Nations office, and a Parisian bar-turned-clinic, and the cast of characters is enormous (plenty of them have great names: Mr. Pistil, Flora Bonjour, Gologolo, Miss Baboom). Celine manages to mock and insult just about everyone on the planet, but he does so in his lyrical, outrageous, slang-riddled sty ...more
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Louis-Ferdinand Céline, 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 the cadence of speech.
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