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

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Louis-Ferdinand Celine's revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy and hypocrisy of society explodes from nearly every page of this novel. Filled with slang and obscenities and written in raw, colloquial language, Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of violence, cruelty and obscene nihilism. This book shocked most critics when it was first pub ...more
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Published May 17th 2006 by New Directions (first published 1932)
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Janna Shaw In some ways, Knausgaard is doing a fine job of blowing Celine off his existentially murky pedestal . Where Louis F. finds, and notes, the humor in…moreIn some ways, Knausgaard is doing a fine job of blowing Celine off his existentially murky pedestal . Where Louis F. finds, and notes, the humor in the situations he finds himself in, Karl Ove laments in his observing, even in what should be amusing chapters of his life. This may have to do with Knausgaard's writing style (many consider it needlessly droning) but I also think it has to do with his landscape (raised and schooled in Norway.) At least Celine got to do some traveling and see his life through different lenses of the world.

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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
(...)Τί τρελοκομείο η στερημένη ζωή! Μια τάξη είναι η ζωή, κι η πλήξη είναι ο παιδονόμος της, που διαρκώς σε κατασκοπεύει. πρέπει πάση θυσία να μοιάζεις απασχολημένος με κάτι πολύ συναρπαστικό, ειδάλλως πλακώνει και σου ροκανίζει το μυαλό. Οταν η μέρα δεν είναι τίποτα άλλο από ένα σκέτο εικοσιτετράωρο, δεν υποφέρεται. Μια μακριά, σχεδόν αβάσταχτη ηδονή πρέπει να είναι η μέρα, μία μακριά συνουσία, θες δε θες.
Σου κατεβαίνουν λοιπόν σιχαμερές σκέψεις, όσο σ' αποβλακώνει η ανάγκη, όσο μέσα στο κάθε
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Mike Puma
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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

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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Greg
May 17, 2007 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
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Ben Loory
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Steven  Godin
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
RandomAnthony
Aug 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
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Nikos Tsentemeidis
Από τα καλύτερα έργα της παγκόσμιας λογοτεχνίας. Αντάξιο των Αδερφών Καραμάζοφ και του Αναζητώντας τον χαμένο χρόνο. Αριστούργημα χωρίς αμφισβήτηση. Μιλάει στην ψυχή του ανθρώπου, για πράγματα που σπανίως λέγονται από τον άνθρωπο. Θα το χαρακτήριζα ρεαλιστικό, κυνικό. Η αφήγηση του ήρωα σε κάθε περίπτωση είναι χειμαρρώδης και συγκλονίζει.

Το έργο χωρίζεται σε τέσσερα μέρη, θίγοντας αντιστοίχως τέσσερα μεγάλα θέματα. Το πρώτο λαμβάνει χώρα την περίοδο του Α’ Παγκοσμίου Πολέμου, μιλώντας για την σκ
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Alison
Jan 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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
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Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
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
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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
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Asiye Dilara Han
Teşekkürle başlamak istiyorum yorumuma. Öncelikle böyle bir kitabı yazabilecek cesarette biri olduğu için Céline'e; her röportajında on dört yaşından beri sürekli olarak tekrar tekrar bu kitabı okuduğunu söyleyip okumama sebep olduğu için Hakan Günday'a; ama -bence- en önemlisi, bu kadar muhteşem bir çeviri yaptığı, o güzelim dipnotları ekleyerek anlaşılmadık tek bir nokta bırakmadığı, insanın aklını başından alan, gülümseten, dünyanın en tatlı sonsözünü yazdığı için Yiğit Bener'e çok, çok, çok ...more
Pooya Kiani
یک کوه. یک سفر. یک مرگ. به زودی یک بغل نکته از این شاهکار مینویسم. بار دومی که میخونیش تازه متن به چشم میآد و فرم خودنمایی میکنه. بینظیر. ...more
Paul
Nov 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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 10, 2012 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
Kamrani Adnan
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
و این هم از سفر به انتهای شب...یک شاهکار فراموش نشدنی

بعد از کودکی ونوجوانی فردینان در لابلای ورقههای مرگ قسطی، که درکوچه پسکوچه های پاریس با فردینان میدویدیم، حالا با فردینان عزیز،
وسط میدان جنگ هستیم، جنگی تمام عیار، جنگی که تا آخرین فقیرفقرا را نکشد، سیر نمیشود.
به آفریقا رفتیم، آفریقایی که لبریز از فلاکت و ظلمست، زیر آفتاب سوزان و آشنایی با بومیهایی که آنها را وحشی میخوانیم، درحالیکه ما به سرزمین آنها تجاوز کردیم!
به آمریکا هم رفتیم، آمریکای حیران و همیشه سرگردان، آمریکایی که همیشه در آغوشِ هیجا
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Sidharth Vardhan

“The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.”

"When you start hiding from people, it's a sign that you're afraid to play with them. That in itself is a disease. We should try to find out why we refuse to get cured of loneliness. "


Reading Journey is like listening to a drunk old man - the kind one sees in those cowboy movies, telling you why his life sucks. He can't talk about a woman without talking about her legs and there are w
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Perry
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Warning: If you've experienced melancholia or been diagnosed with depression, reading this novel may be inadvisable.
<3.7 stars>

"A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word." Ralph Waldo Emerson

From Journey to the End of the Night:
The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.

****

I cannot refrain from doubting that there exist any genuine realizations of our deepest character except war and illness, those two infinities
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Evripidis Gousiaris
Βασανιστική, σκοτεινή εμπειρία...
Απλά εκπληκτικό...
Διαβάστε το!
Vit Babenco
Apr 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“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
Michael
Apr 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.


Szplug
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Chris_P
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
Edward
Nov 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Journey to the End of the Night was not what I expected. Based on the cover art and description, I had prepared myself for a grim and sombre voyage to the depths of human depravity. Maybe the book simply hasn't aged well, but I thought it was really quite tame - not at all the "literary symphony of violence, cruelty and obscene nihilism" that is promised in the description. And where it does try to push the boundaries, it seems to do so in a very superficial way - for cheap adolescent shock valu ...more
Edward
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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qwerty
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Αχ, αυτό το βιβλίο!!! Ήταν από τα πρώτα αριστουργήματα που διάβασα τυχαία και χάρη σε αυτό αγάπησα τη λογοτεχνία! Γύρω στα 22 μου, ένα μεσημέρι, ήμουν μόνη στο σπίτι και λόγω πλήξης, άρχισα να ψαχουλεύω τη βιβλιοθήκη της μεγάλης μου αδερφής. Κι ανάμεσα στα βαρετά Παντειακά συγγράμματα περί ΜΜΕ και δημοσιογραφίας κ.α., έπεσε στα χέρια μου το "Ταξίδι στην Άκρη της Νύχτας" και ξεκίνησα έτσι από περιέργεια να διαβάζω τις πρώτες σελίδες. Και αυτό ήταν!!!

Όταν είδα την αδερφή μου, τη ρώτησα γι' αυτό τ
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ژیار
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سلین یکی از بهترین نویسنده های فرانسهس و طرز نوشتنش عالیه. دوستدارم کتابای دیگرشم بخونم. ...more
Mnemosyne
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.
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Hadrian
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Simona Bartolotta
May 14, 2012 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
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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.
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