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Conversations with Professor Y

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  400 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
"Here's the truth, simply stated...bookstores are suffering from a serious crisis of falling sales." So begins the imaginary interview that comprises this novel: a conversation between the stuffy, incontinent Professor Y and Céline himself, who rails against convention and defends his idiosyncratic methods as a writer. In the course of their outrageous interplay, Céline co ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1955)
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Simona
Nov 26, 2014 Simona rated it liked it
Tornare a leggere Céline dopo tanto tempo significa entrare nel "mondo paranoico, nella memoria di un inventore stralunato".
Solo un autore stralunato come Céline poteva ideare uno pseudo dialogo con uno pseudo protagonista.
È una invettiva, un pamphlet, una sorta di j'accuse in cui Céline si scaglia contro la letteratura, la storia, il mondo e i romanzieri invitandoli a seguire lo " stile emotivo" che dà il senso al tutto e che rende scrittori.
Un' opera irriverente e divertente sotto certi punt
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Ginny_1807
Sep 25, 2012 Ginny_1807 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fr
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
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Jonathan
Conversations with Professor Y was originally published in 1955 as Entretiens avec le Professeur Y. It is a minor work by the author and in this bi-lingual edition only amounts to about 70 pages of English text. With Céline it is always best to know a bit of background biographical information before starting—the introduction by the translator, Stanford Luce, is excellent and concise and provides everything you need to know before reading the book.

Conversations with Professor Y is a fictionalise
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Mathildewind
Sep 24, 2015 Mathildewind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Céline règle ses comptes. passe tout et tout le monde au vitriol. Céline fictionnel ou véritable? peut-être un peu des deux. grossit le trait, use de l'autodérision, de l'autocritique aussi. il est insupportable, orgueilleux,aigri, fielleux, fanfaron. rien n'est assez beau pour lui. tout le monde est con. il met à mort un à un l'intégralité des champs artistiques. écrivain incompris, génie de son temps qui a su inventer LE style, "l'émotion dans le langage écrit", le "style émotif". honnis de to ...more
Lolo
Feb 05, 2014 Lolo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Robin
Aug 13, 2016 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Niks te basta!... het valse triomfeert! de publiciteit omsingelt, vervalst, vervolgt alles wat niet vals is!... de smaak voor het authentieke is verloren gegaan!... ik zeg het met nadruk! met nadruk! let maar op!... kijk om u heen!... hebt u wat relaties?... geschikte mensen... met geschikt bedoel ik: die rijk zijn! die zich vrouwen, schilderijen en kunstvoorwerpen kunnen aanschaffen!... nou, u zult die geschikte mensen zich altijd en onvermijdelijk op het valse zien storten! zoals het varken n ...more
Jonathon
Mar 02, 2014 Jonathon rated it really liked it
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
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Stephen Durrant
Apr 17, 2009 Stephen Durrant rated it liked it
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
Nov 21, 2012 Eric Cartier rated it really liked it
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.

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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
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Heleri
Nov 03, 2013 Heleri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mike
Mar 18, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: 50-books-2008
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
Jeannecamos
Dec 31, 2015 Jeannecamos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C'est drôle, c'est moqueur, c'est grinçant, c'est du Grand Céline dans un délire carnavalesque, une parade fantasmagorique qui s'étend sur plus de 120 pages et qui rend fou ... à s'en pisser dessus ...
Steve Evans
Mar 30, 2012 Steve Evans rated it really liked it
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
Fab
Apr 27, 2014 Fab rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Alles Interessante ereignet sich im Dunkeln, ganz ohne Zweifel. Die wirkliche Geschichte der Menschen ist nicht bekannt."
Tarmo
Oct 13, 2013 Tarmo rated it it was ok
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
John
Sep 08, 2016 John rated it it was amazing
This book is where it's at!!
Javier Salinas
Nov 15, 2015 Javier Salinas rated it it was amazing
false modesty well-written
Strandskata
May 15, 2015 Strandskata rated it really liked it
Loved it. Made me laugh so many times. Good start with Celine.
Jonjacob
Jan 06, 2011 Jonjacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 21, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 17, 2013 Davide rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classici
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
Feb 01, 2011 Liras rated it liked it
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*)
Paul
May 18, 2016 Paul added it
Shelves: favorites, french
When reading this I was felled with admiration for the French. And the clandestine people that visit the French writers. Hoping that in the near future we could meet. And perhaps you'd be able to pull out of me some of those conversations with the good professor.
Marium
Feb 18, 2012 Marium rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2014 Mr rated it really liked it
who else didnt pay attention when they bought it and then when they got home realized the whole half-french half-english thing
Cody
Sep 09, 2012 Cody rated it liked it
wherein our protagonist shadow boxes particularly powerful and smart jewish strawman man and comes off looking really cool
Jeff Bursey
Sep 15, 2013 Jeff Bursey rated it liked it
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That guy peed his pants
Haluk
Oct 04, 2013 Haluk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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“A little inventor, that's it!...of a little gimmick!...just a little gimmick that's all!...I don't fling out messages to the world!...not me, no sir! I don't clutter up the air with my thoughts! not me! I don't get high on words, nor on port, nor on the flattery of youth!...I don't cogitate for the universe. I'm just a little inventor, of a two-bit gimmick at that! and that won't last long! like everything else! like the swivel-stem collar button! I'm aware of my paltry importance! anything rather than ideas!...I leave ideas to the flea merchants! all ideas! to the hucksters, the pimps, the confusion mongers!...” 2 likes
“I was in full digression! far from the subject!...my colonel was losing track...rapidly, of my story! my story!...my own story!...the gifts that I had personally received from Heaven!...yet I had insisted, every time! truly extraordinary gifts!...I'd made him repeat them a hundred times!...enough so he'd remember! that I was the only true genius! the century's only writer! the proof: that no one ever spoke of me!...everyone was jealous! Nobel! no Nobel! they had all joined forces to have me executed!...they could just go fuck off!...drop dead! since it was a question of death between me and them! I'll send their readers packing! all their readers! I'll make the public grow sick of their books! cabal! no cabal! since there was no room for two styles!...it was mine or theirs!...crawl or breastroke!...you understand!...the only inventor of the century! is me! me! me right here! the only genius, you might say! damned or not!...” 1 likes
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