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Journey to the End of the Night (Ferdinand Bardamu #1)

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This textbook series is ambitious in scope. It provides concise and lucid introductions to major works of world literature from classical antiquity to the twentieth century. It is not confined to any single literary tradition or genre, and will cumulatively form a substantial library of textbooks on some of the most important and widely read literary masterpieces. Each boo ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 10th 1990 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1932)
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Mike Puma
Mar 26, 2012 Mike Puma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: good freakin' question

Whoa. Just finished, processing, mulling, wondering…what do I say? How do you prepare someone? Should someone be prepared (I wasn’t)? Imagine the most depressing story you’ve ever read (and I’ve read ALL of McCarthy), narrated by the angriest of narrators (who may mellow, then again, maybe readers simply become hardened), describing circumstances that are necessarily ugly (war, colonial Africa) or merely simply ugly (contemporary culture, old people, young people, other people), but then told wi

Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 22, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-french
“Not much music left inside us for life to dance to. Our youth has gone to the ends of the earth to die in the silence of the truth. And where, I ask you, can a man escape to, when he hasn't enough madness left inside him? The truth is an endless death agony. The truth is death. You have to choose: death or lies. I've never been able to kill myself.”

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Toni Servillo is Jep Gambardella in The Great Beauty

I watched the Italian film The Great Beauty the other day. The film opens with a quote by Loui
May 30, 2010 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Apparently, for a week or so in June 1997 I either lost my sense of humor or felt some kind of glow of optimism that made me feel the misanthropic subject of this book was boring. My principle memories of reading this for the first time were a) being bored and b) buying a bunch of The Smiths and The Cure tapes at a garage sale.

For some reason when I saw this book sitting on my bookshelf last week I thought I'd give it another try. Why? I don't know exactly. I have lots of unread books, but I fe
Aug 31, 2010 RandomAnthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Celine’s Journey to the End of Night is a towering achievement in literary observation through a narrator incapable of self-delusion and a less than stringent filter between his thoughts and his audience. Plus, it’s funny as hell.

The novel reads as the author’s travelogue through war-torn Europe, remote Africa, industrialized America, and post-war France. I have no idea how much of Journey to the End of Night is factual and how much is fiction, and I don’t care either way. At points Celine sound
Ben Loory
Jul 02, 2012 Ben Loory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just finished reading it and it really feels like it might be the central book of the entire 20th century. i see catch-22 and henry miller and william burroughs and kerouac and sartre and beckett and bukowski and vonnegut and hunter s. thompson and bret easton ellis and about a million other people... celine's voice is just so clear now, standing behind all of them... it's not even that i like the book so much (though it's ferocious and fun and has a lot of great lines), it's just that it's like ...more
Έχοντας μόλις τελειώσει το «Ταξίδι στην άκρη της νύχτας», μου είναι πάρα πολύ δύσκολο να συγκεντρώσω ή να μεταφέρω τις σκέψεις μου για το καλύτερο βιβλίο που έχω διαβάσει μέχρι στιγμής.

Ήρωας του μυθιστορήματος είναι ο Φερντινάν Μπαρνταμού, που κατατάσσεται εθελοντής στον γαλλικό στρατό κατά την διάρκεια του 1ου Παγκόσμιου Πολέμου, βιώνει την φρίκη, επιχειρεί να λιποτακτήσει, ταξιδεύει σε γαλλική αποικία της Αφρικής, στην συνέχεια στην Αμερική, επιστρέφει στην Γαλλία για να καταλήξει γιατρουδάκο
Sep 30, 2012 Alison rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers that just don't give a fuck; Fans of Burroughs and Jim Morrison (probably also teenagers)
Fifteen years of sitting on my bookshelves and I finally get around to reading it. This is a little bit sad, because I would have loved this book fifteen years ago, when I believed bitter misanthropy and self-indulgent misery were the only true lenses through which humanity should be viewed. Of course, I was in high school at the time (and it was boarding school at that),so that explained it.

At age thirty-two, Journey to the End of the Night set somewhat differently with me. Ferdinand Bardamu's
Marco Tamborrino
Esistono degli scrittori mediocri e degli scrittori discreti. Poi vengono quelli bravi e ancora dopo quelli bravissimi. Infine, sull'ultimo gradino, c'è Céline.

Ho impiegato due mesi per leggere uno dei più bei libri che mi sia mai capitato tra le mani. Una fatica enorme, sul serio. Ogni pagina è ricca di cinismo, le parole si rincorrono tra annichilimento e comicità come mai nessun altro autore ha osato fare. Blasfemo, provocante, immorale, sporco, depravato. Ma anche commovente e dolce, fino ad
Ian Vinogradus
Our Journey...

"To travel is very useful, it makes the imagination work, the rest is just delusion and pain. Our journey is entirely imaginary, which is its strength."

Celine's first novel begins with the words, "Here's how it started" and finishes "...and that would be the end of us."

In between is a journey that takes in childhood, family life, service in the great war, recuperation in a hospital, an adventure in the heart of darkness of colonial Africa, a liberating voyage across the Atlantic, t
Nov 17, 2013 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-novels
This is undoubtedly one of the great novels. It is misanthropic in the extreme; the author really doesn’t like anyone, including himself. Often written in the vernacular, brutal, comic and ranging over three continents and a World War. There is a strong element of the autobiographical in it. It has also influenced more great writers than you can shake a sock at. The list is a remarkable one; Beckett, Sartre (briefly). Genet, Barthes, Miller, Bukowski, Heller, Vonnegut, Ken Kesey, Kerouac, Gunter ...more
MJ Nicholls
Oct 15, 2012 MJ Nicholls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to MJ by: Mike Puma
A full-on misanthropic epic, like if E.M. Cioran met Thom Yorke for a fly pie in a Nigerian slum. Céline is a deliberately choppy, lawless stylist, Dostoevskian in his fondness for the nerve-racked ellipsis and the hysterical exclamation point (tics that would characterise his later, practically unreadable, work). Bardamu is the Céline stand-in whose detached cruelty acts as a necessary galvaniser for his adventures in WWI, French-occupied African hinterlands and a stint in a freshly industriali ...more
All you who are reading these very lines right now, are waiting for a review, an analysis maybe of Journey to the End of the Night, I bet. Well, I regret to say that I'll most probably disappoint you. In fact -and I don't mean to talk down the admittedly great job some reviewers have done here- I don't think one can properly review this book. You can talk about it or the way you felt reading it but the true essence of it should be experienced through reading it and not some ridiculous review a l ...more
Apr 23, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally, after a busy week, I have finished my journey to the end of this book. Savage, brutal, disgusting, repulsive, and misanthropic are not necessarily adjectives I would use to describe a masterpiece, but with Celine, they're all meant as compliments.

Is it the most pessimistically scathing book ever written? I think so.

Vit Babenco
Jul 02, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The sunsets in that African hell proved to be fabulous. They never missed. As tragic every time as a monumental murder of the sun! But the marvel was too great for one man alone. For a whole hour the sky paraded in great delirious spurts of scarlet from end to end; after that the green of the trees exploded and rose up in quivering trails to meet the first stars. Then the whole horizon turned gray again and then red, but this time a tired red that didn’t last long. That was the end. All the col ...more
Se, esta noite, tivesse de escolher um único livro para salvar da destruição seria Viagem ao Fim da Noite.
Não é o melhor livro que já li. É o mais honesto. É o que melhor representa a condição humana, sem os filtros do amor, do heroísmo, da bondade e de toda essa tralha de sonhos cor de rosa e hipocrisias, com os quais enganamos e nos enganamos para podermos continuar...
Este livro não é para todos. Quem quiser continuar a ter-se, a si próprio, em boa conta não faça esta Viagem. Acordado, claro.
Nov 11, 2009 Szplug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, scathing and-oh-so-very-bitter, Journey to the End of the Night is a beautifully written - and translated - paean to misanthropy and the general crumminess of man. The novel comprises the journeys of Céline's alter-ego, Ferdinand Bardemu, from a frightened and bewildered soldier in World War I to the jungles of Central Africa, the materialist and well-kept streets of a booming America, and back again to France to eke out a living as a listless doctor amongst the petty-bourgeois of the ...more
Στο βιβλίο του αυτό, με το οποίο συστήθηκε στο ευρύ κοινό, ο Σελίν παρουσιάζεται κυνικός και μηδενιστής στον μέγιστο βαθμό, μα ταυτόχρονα και λαμπρός βυθομέτρης της ανθρώπινης ψυχής.

Ο ήρωας της ιστορίας, ο Μπαρνταμού, που ταυτίζεται με τον αφηγητή, εκκινεί από το Παρίσι και με ενδιάμεσους σταθμούς τα πεδία των μαχών του Α’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, τις αποικιοκρατικές κτήσεις της Γαλλίας στην Αφρική, τη Νέα Υόρκη, το Ντιτρόιτ, και την Τουλούζη επιστρέφει και πάλι στην αφετηρία της διαδρομής.

Το ταξίδι
Sep 08, 2015 Jale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savaşın ortasında antimilitarist Bardamu'nun hikayesi. Hayatı bir yere varmaya çalışmakla geçen, ama ne aradığını bilmeyen bir adamın hikayesi. Doktor olan, ama kimseye faydası dokunmayan, kadınları seven, ama aşık olmayı beceremeyen, çelişkinin, yoksulluğun, mutsuzluğun ve umutsuzluğun; yani hayata tutunamamanın hikayesi.

Bir kez okunmalı, sonra bir kez daha okunmalı ve ömür yeterse bir kez daha okunmalı. Nedenini giriş cümlesinde Nietzsche açıkça söylemiş: "Kanla ve özdeyişlerle yazan, okunmak
Aug 02, 2016 Arzu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite, roman
bol yağlı, çok leziz bir yemeği bol kepçe yemişim de sindirimi uzun sürecek gibi..
Pooya Kiani
Jul 29, 2015 Pooya Kiani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, novel
شاید یکی از بهترین پاسخها به اینکه «شاهکار ادبی» چیه، این باشه که مخاطب جدای از ملیتش، سلیقهش، سنش، جنسش، جهتگیری سیاسیاجتماعیش و و و ... بتونه ارتباط پرسطح و عمیقی با اثر خونده شده برقرار کنه.
سلین انسان و پلیدی، زبان و خرابیهاش، امید و ناممکن و از همه مهمتر، زندگی رو در مقام تکامل مرگ میشناسه و ارائه میده.
ترجمهی فرهاد غبرایی هم در نود و نه درصد لحظات، چیزی از زیبایی اثر (که اتفاقا از چغرترین متون برای ترجمهست) کم نمیکنه که هیچ، حس اکتشاف مخاطب رو زنده میکنه.
سفر به انتهای شب، دقیقا مانند اسمش
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
This is where I drew the line when I was studying French litterature in Uni. Years after, I still can't do it. Fuck you, Louis-Ferdinand. All your writing style just can't redeem your racist, mysogynist ramblings.

One might say this is fiction. This is NOT. Not when the same author wrote racist pamphlets and repeated the same awful ideas publicly.
Simona Bartolotta
Jul 18, 2015 Simona Bartolotta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 1900
"Gli hai fatto forse schifo all'esistenza? Sarebbe normale."

Se avessi la certezza di riuscire a trasmettere a chi ora mi legge almeno un decimo, ma che dico, anche solo un centesimo di tutto ciò che Viaggio al termine della notte è stato capace di dare a me, mi riterrei soddisfatta. Purtroppo questa certezza non ce l’ho. Mica siamo tutti come Céline.
Céline… che scrittore! Dire che la sua capacità evocativa è fuori dal comune è un insulto. Di comune non ha proprio niente, è anni luce avanti rispe
Jul 12, 2015 Stian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, owned-books
There is an afterword by William Vollmann in the book (which incidentally starts with "Reader, fuck you!...You think I give a shit whether or not you've read this book? Or that Céline's ghost does? That would be the day!") which I found to be very cool. He asks, Why is Céline a great witer?:

Because he pisses on everything. He's got it all--plot, character, you name it! But it just keeps going right down the urinal! [...] The[se] scene changes become insane, ridiculous. Just when you start to kno
Apr 19, 2012 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french, fiction
A long, beautiful, hilarious, vile, cynical rant about everything and everyone. Bile drips from every page.

The author-surrogate travels from Paris to the hellscape of the first world war to the dank oppressive heat of a colonial jungle, and the gleaming lonely crowds of New York and Detroit. The author has a keen eye for the ugliness and bitterness and loneliness of modern living, and takes his time to appreciate and lovingly describe each thing he hates.

This is a fascinating book. Christ, what
Sep 10, 2014 Jonathon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bukowski was right: "first of all read Céline; the greatest writer of 2,000 years". Its clear now, Bukowski wanted to be Celine, he failed miserably with his novels though...

Anyways, "Joureny to the end of the night" is not a war novel, but still I consider it the ultimate war novel; thus far. What was said in the first hundred pages makes Catch-22 pale in comparison. Well written, funny, dark, pessimistic. Everything one person needs! I fuckin hate Catch-22 (see catch-22 review for full hatred
From the muddy battlegrounds of the great war and the sweltering infested jungles of French colonial Africa, to his discovery of america where he takes a job in an industrial Detroit and his return to the suburbs of Paris to work as a doctor before finally taking employment in a mental asylum, we follow Céline's alter ego Bardamu with a misanthropic first person narrative through the trials and tribulations of life and trying to make sense of the world around him. Told as a semi-autobiographical ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
خیال برت ندارد،آدمها چیزی برای گفتن ندارند.واقعیت این است که هر کس فقط از دردهای خودش با دیگری حرف می زند.هرکس برای خودش و دنیا برای همه.


آدم به سرعت پیر می شود، آن هم بدون اینکه بازگشتی در کار باشد.وقتی بدون اراده به بدبختی عادت کردی و حتی دوستش داشتی،آنوقت متوجه قضیه می شوی.طبیعت از تو قوی تر است.تو را در قالبی امتحان می کند و آنوقت دیگر نمی توانی از آن بیرون بیایی ، نقش ات و سرنوشتت را بدون اینکه بفهمی کم کمک جدی می گیری و بعد وقتی سر برمی گردانی، می بینی که دیگر برای تغییر وقتی نیست.سر تا
Jul 15, 2015 MARTI rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kan. Savaş. Bencil, acımasız, aptal insan oğulları ve kızları.. Asıl korkulması gereken insanlardır, daima onlar.

Yo, hayır, 21. yüzyıldan behsetmiyorum, 1900lerin başlarından bahsediyorum. Celine bu romanı 1932 yılında yazmış, korkunç bir savaştan çıkıp diğerine başlarken. Herkes delirmişken, dünya sarpa sarmışken. Yani bugün gibi.

Her alanda, asıl yenilgi, unutmaktır. Hiçbir şey değişmemiş meğer. Gecenin sonuna, insanlığın sonuna bir yolculuk bu ama gülümsetiyor da, hüzünlü gülümsetiyor.

-Ama s
Oct 07, 2015 André rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poucos são os livros que nos deixam cicatrizes. Poucos são os livros que arranjam maneira de nos atingir no nervo certo. Que arranjam maneira de nos desassossegar o coração. É o caso deste. Reticente como estava no início da sua leitura – apavorado até – não sabendo em quais caminhos estava prestes a trilhar, descobri no fim, uma obra-prima. Céline, veio por fim preencher ainda mais o meu conhecimento. Este é o livro que o Jack Kerouac sonhou ter escrito. Céline, um francês, em 30 páginas fez-me ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-ten
The book I would choose if I could keep only one book. Witnessing World War I, Celine understood what entering the modern era meant, and the writing it required.
Bardamu, the main character, is simultaneously cynical and caring, kind and criminal. He contains the contradiction of cruelty and kindness present in real people. The book follows him as a soldier in World War I, a businessman in Africa, an assembly line worker in the U.S., and a doctor in the shitty suburbs of Paris, and the many mee
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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 the cadence of speech.
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