Conversations with Professor Y
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Conversations with Professor Y

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  241 ratings  ·  19 reviews
So begins the imaginary interview that comprises this novel. Professor
Y, the interviewing academic, asks questions that allow Céline, a
character in his own book, the chance to rail against convention and
defend his idiosyncratic methods. In the course of their outrageous
interplay, Céline comes closer to defining and justifying his poetics
than in any of his other novels. But...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1955)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 514)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Ginny_1807
Una orgogliosa dichiarazione di poetica viene portata avanti in toni polemici, concitati e deliranti nel corso di un'intervista immaginaria con un improbabile Professor Y.
Più che di un'intervista, si tratta sostanzialmente di un frenetico soliloquio di chiaro sapore teatrale sulla letteratura, in cui lo scrittore-protagonista enuncia i termini della propria invenzione stilistica, che consiste nella resa della "emozione del linguaggio parlato attraverso lo scritto".
Nel frattempo si scaglia pesa...more
Lolo
Céline invente une interview de lui-même réalisée par un personnage loufoque, grabataire et hostile, d'abord présenté comme le Professeur Y, puis qui devient finalement colonel... En fait d'interview, c'est le personnage de Céline qui mène la danse, dans son plus pur style, faisant les questions et les réponses. Et, aspect singulier, au cours de cet entretien Céline donne les clés de ce style, «son invention»: l'impressionnisme littéraire, le livre émotif, dont il estime — à juste titre? — être...more
Jonathon
Well, It's Celine. He speakes for himself. I am pretty sure this whole review will just be quotes from him. This book is better than Death on the Installment Plan which was a tremendous disappointment.

Towards the end of this book, it kind of takes a nosedive. However, short read for the most part...



Introduction quotes:

"Celine treats the goal of the writer "to pin emotion down on the printed page" with only the meagerest suggestions of how to achieve it: creating a written form that contains the...more
Stephen
Celine's attempt to explain and perhaps satirize his own style written in the years after being accused of collaboration with the nazis and spending eighteen months in a Danish prison. Much of this short book is an "inside joke" that centers upon the all-powerful French publishing house Gallimard, where, as Celine says, "almost every professor has his little Goncourt marinating" (p.11). All too true, even today! Of course, it was Gallimard who published Celine himself! Celine attacks the mediocr...more
Eric Cartier
A very funny pseudo-interview in which Celine explains his style to a guy who really has to take a leak. I'll let a few quoted passages work their magic.

* * * * *

Emotion through written language! . . . written language had run dry in France, I'm the one who primed emotion back into it! . . . as I say! . . . it's not just some cheap trick, believe me! . . . the gimmick, the magic that any asshole can use in order to move you 'in writing!' . . . rediscovering the emotion of the spoken word through...more
Heleri
Pss!...pss!...kolonel!...pss!

Fiktsionaalne Céline on eestindatud imetabaselt! Isegi päris moodsalt!...kahtlustamapanevalt, kust te õieti pärit olete, ah?...ja kõnekeelselt, nagu kord ja kohus, nagu metroo nõuab, teate küll!...ja ometigi kujutan ma teda ette istumas kusagil Pariisi pargipingil, vehkimas kätega ja vuristamas mööda omapainutatud keeltteritavaid liipreid, mida saab teha ainult prantslaslikult. Ei, mitte mingil juhul näiteks hispaanlaslikult, see on hoopis teistsugune tuli, valet kar...more
Mike
Unfortunately for others, no one can really size up next to Ralph Manheim in the world of translation. Stanford Luce does a servicable job of wrangling Celine into english and, thankfully, this version comes with the french text directly next to the translation. This helps triangulating a somewhat more thorough understanding of what Celine is saying, but it also colors the spaces where the translation suffers the most. However, this being said, the only reason I didn't give this book five stars...more
Steve Evans
Celine's answer to his many detractors in post-war France, this book is quite hilarious for anyone interested in this perplexing author. He really takes the mickey. It would spoil things to go into it too much, but his portrayal of his enemies as incontinent lunatics naturally won him few admirers. He was on safer ground skewering Sartre (in North he referred to this nemesis as Tartre and had earlier written a spirited rejoinder to Sartre's attack on him in The Mind of the Anti-Semite) and in ot...more
Fabian
"Alles Interessante ereignet sich im Dunkeln, ganz ohne Zweifel. Die wirkliche Geschichte der Menschen ist nicht bekannt."
Tarmo
Ennast ja vimkasid täis kirjaniku intervjuu professor Y-le. Sisuliselt raamatu autori kirjutamiskreedo, kus ta mõnitab ülejäänud kirjanikke, nimetades kogu nende kirjandust tühjaks ja pseudoks, ajakirjanduse sabasjooksjaks ja orjaks või umbes nii. Kogu lugu on esitatud poolikute lausetega, kõnekeelena, mis peab aitama taasesitada ehedat emotsiooni. Umbes nii ma sain sellest 80 lk paksust Loomingu Raamatukogu tükist aru. Enam-vähem töötas, aga ma ei saa aru, miks ei oleks see "Interwju" neli kord...more
Jonjacob
This is one of Celine's most fascinating books. Everything after Journey is written in his highly distinctive style and this book is like the Rosetta Stone for his stylistic ticks. Essential reading for any fan and it is conveniently published in a bi-lingual edition. It's constantly entertaining, funny, informative, and raw... if your even remotely interested in his post-Journey novels this is a must read.
Mark
I always thought this would make a great two act play, combined with Milton Hindus memoir about his famous meeting with Celine after the war (in fact, I think, if I'm not mistaken Hindus is the "Professor Y" in this book). For those not familiar with Celine, this is not the place to start and is really a long, extended rant of Celine's defending (parodying?) his literary style.
Davide
Céline che sbeffeggia se stesso e il mito che lo circonda.
Sembra partire serio, poi tutto finisce meravigliosamente in vacca come solo lui sa fare, con le parole che danzano scomposte come cadaveri ghignanti. Le pagine sul metrò emotivo e sulla genesi dei tre puntini sono da rotolarsi sul pavimento.
Liras
Just got started on this one (has been sitting by my bed for while) but I am a great fan of satire, of lifting up the edge of pretense draped across things we elevate in society. (Am reading it in French, so I have to pay attention, not read and talk on the phone, as I do normally. *grin*)
Marium
Toujours les mêmes effets en lisant Céline...Aux premières pages, une sorte de gêne, de lassitude et puis on s'emporte, les mots s’enchaînent et on se retrouve haletant jusqu'à la dernière page.
Mr
who else didnt pay attention when they bought it and then when they got home realized the whole half-french half-english thing
Cody
wherein our protagonist shadow boxes particularly powerful and smart jewish strawman man and comes off looking really cool
Kateryna
Kateryna marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2014
Egle Lõuk
Egle Lõuk marked it as to-read
Jul 14, 2014
Paul
Paul marked it as to-read
Jul 13, 2014
Fatih
Fatih marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2014
Tyler
Tyler marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2014
Eric
Eric marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2014
Shawn
Shawn marked it as to-read
Jun 23, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 17 18 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Last Days
  • On Elegance While Sleeping
  • Calligrammes: Poems of Peace and War (1913-1916)
  • The Wine of Youth
  • The Planetarium
  • Theory of Prose
  • The Great Fire of London: A Story with Interpolations and Bifurcations
  • Television
  • Kaputt
  • White Collar: The American Middle Classes
  • The Supermale
  • The Jade Cabinet
  • Lectures at the College de France, 1977-78: Security, Territory and Population
  • Sleep Has His House
  • The Wrong Side of Paris
  • Destroy, She Said
  • Pylon: The Corrected Text
  • A Dying Colonialism
7869
Translated Profiles:
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
More about Louis-Ferdinand Céline...
Journey to the End of the Night Death on the Installment Plan Guignol's Band Castle to Castle North

Share This Book