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Normance by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Normance
by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
read in February, 2015
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longer but more propulsive and digestible than fable for another time part 1. reads like a horrific, scattershot ralph bakshi movie with lots of barbed gems to further sour the deal.

"the world's just a ball of mirages, wobbling on a base of hypocrisy
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Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock
“A lot of people get the wrong impression, think there's something romantic or tragic about hitting bottom.”
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Thomas Bernhard
“Hotel Waldhaus

We had no luck with the weather and the guests at our table were repellent in every respect. They even ruined Nietzsche for us. Even after they had had a fatal car accident and had been laid out in the church in Sils, we still hated them.”
Thomas Bernhard, The Voice Imitator

Donald Ray Pollock
“A lot of people get the wrong impression, think there's something romantic or tragic about hitting bottom.”
Donald Ray Pollock, Knockemstiff

László Krasznahorkai
“Catastrophe! Of course! Last judgement! Horseshit! It's you that are the catastrophe, you're the bloody last judgement, your feet don't even touch the ground, you bunch of sleepwalkers. I wish you were dead, the lot of you. Let's make a bet,' and here he shook Nadaban by the shoulders, ‘that you don't even know what I'm talking about!! Because you don't talk, you "whisper" or "expostulate"; you don't walk down the street but "proceed feverishly"; you don't enter a place but "cross its threshold", you don't feel cold or hot, but "find yourselves shivering" or "feeling the sweat pour down you"! I haven't heard a straight word for hours, you can only mew and caterwaul; because if a hooligan throws a brick through your window you invoke the last judgement, because your brains are addled and filled up with steam, because if someone sticks your nose in shit all you do is sniff, stare and cry "sorcery!”
László Krasznahorkai, The Melancholy of Resistance

James Crumley
“Son, never trust a man who doesn’t drink because he’s probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They’re the judges, the meddlers. And, son, never trust a man who drinks but refuses to get drunk. They’re usually afraid of something deep down inside, either that they’re a coward or a fool or mean and violent. You can’t trust a man who’s afraid of himself. But sometimes, son, you can trust a man who occasionally kneels before a toilet. The chances are that he is learning something about humility and his natural human foolishness, about how to survive himself. It’s damned hard for a man to take himself too seriously when he’s heaving his guts into a dirty toilet bowl.”
James Crumley

Yukio Mishima
“Real danger is nothing more than just living. Of course, living is merely the chaos of existence, but more than that it's a crazy mixed-up business of dismantling existence instant by instant to the point where the original chaos is restored, and taking strength from the uncertainty and the fear that chaos brings to re-create existence instant by instant. You won't find another job as dangerous as that. There isn't any fear in existence itself, or any uncertainty, but living creates it.”
Yukio Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

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