Louis-Ferdinand Céline





Louis-Ferdinand Céline


Born
in Courbevoie, France
May 27, 1894

Died
July 01, 1961

Genre

Influences


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.
Louis-Ferdinand Destouches was raised in Paris, in a flat over the shopping arcade where his mother had a lace store. His parents were poor (father a clerk, mother a seamstress). After an education that included stints in Germany and England, he performed a variety of dead-end jobs before he enlisted in the French cavalry in 1912 two years before the outbreak of the
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Journey to the End of the N...

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4.25 avg rating — 21,375 ratings — published 1932 — 163 editions
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Death on the Installment Plan

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4.23 avg rating — 5,118 ratings — published 1936 — 54 editions
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Guignol's Band

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3.77 avg rating — 734 ratings — published 1944 — 17 editions
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Castle to Castle

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3.82 avg rating — 714 ratings — published 1957 — 32 editions
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North

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Conversations with Professor Y

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Rigadoon

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London Bridge

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Fable for Another Time

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“I have never voted in my life... I have always known and understood that the idiots are in a majority so it's certain they will win.”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline

“To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!”
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“The worst part is wondering how you’ll find the strength tomorrow
to go on doing what you did today and have been doing for much
too long, where you’ll find the strength for all that stupid running around, those projects that come to nothing, those attempts to escape from crushing necessity, which always founder and serve only to convince you one more time that destiny is implacable, that every night will find you down and out, crushed by the dread of more and more sordid and insecure tomorrows. And maybe it’s treacherous old age coming on, threatening the worst. 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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