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مرگ قسطی

(Ferdinand Bardamu #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  6,410 ratings  ·  388 reviews
Published in rapid succession in the middle 1930s, Journey to the End of the Night and Death on the Installment Plan shocked European literature and world consciousness. Nominally fiction but more rightly called "creative confessions," they told of the author's childhood in excoriating Paris slums, of service in the mud wastes of World War I and African jungles. Mixing ...more
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Published 2005 by نشر مرکز (first published 1936)
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Neal McGrath I would read Celine in the order published.It's all about the style with Celine and if you start at the beginning,you can see how he develops.

For many…more
I would read Celine in the order published.It's all about the style with Celine and if you start at the beginning,you can see how he develops.

For many people he gets more chaotic and wild as he progresses(I haven't read past Guignols Band yet-his third book),so Journey To The End Of The Night is his most accessible book,but also regarded by many as his best.

The Perfect place to start,and if you like it-carry on!!!(less)

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Ahmad Sharabiani
Mort a Credit = Death on Credit = Death on the Installment Plan, Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894 - 1961)
Death on Credit (French: Mort à crédit), US translation: Death on the Installment Plan, is a novel by author Louis-Ferdinand Céline, published in 1936. In Death on Credit, Ferdinand, Céline's alter ego, is a doctor in Paris, treating the poor who seldom pay him but take every advantage of his availability. The action is not continuous but goes back in time to earlier memories and often moves into
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Tara
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of black humor
In Céline’s Death on the Installment Plan, scornful young Ferdinand unenthusiastically lugs readers along on the series of farcical (mis)adventures also known as his childhood. We encounter monstrously preposterous characters and stories with varying dimensions of outlandish implausibility. And through it all, we end up sympathizing completely with his disgust, contempt, frustration, and underlying disappointment. For although Ferdinand is emphatically vitriolic, bitter, pessimistic and snide, ...more
MJ Nicholls
Relentless, unforgiving, morbid, histrionic, hilarious, insufferable, in permanent fear of a full clause, miserable, depressing, sick-minded . . . this pell-mell assault on taste and the universe pirouettes along its two billion ellipses and nine zillion exclamation points into a world of squalor and shit and the doldrums of being a French peasant at the dawn of modernism. Céline takes the kitchen-sink horror of Zola and reinstates the swear words Zola’s late-Victorian censors forbade him, ...more
Szplug
Nov 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't been through that you'll never know what obsessive hatred really smells like...the hatred that goes through your guts, all the way to your heart...Real hatred comes from deep down, from a defenseless childhood crushed with work. That's the hatred that kills you. There'll be more of it, so deep and thick there will always be some left, enough to go around...It will ooze out over the earth...and poison it, so nothing will grow but viciousness, among the dead, among men.

Céline's
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Vit Babenco
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“As soon as things begin to look up a little, all people can think of is piggishness…”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline is a virtuoso of explicit narration, a prodigy of grotesque and a czar of cynicism…
“‘You’re working too hard! You’re a sap! You think they appreciate it? … If you knock yourself out, who’s going to take care of you? Not your boss, I bet! Buy me a menthe, kid! … I’ll sing you The Girl from Mostaganem … It’ll drive you crazy, you’ll see …’ For that little number she’d hike up her skirt
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Steven Godin
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paris, france
Read this and Journey to the End of the Night around the same time, so to me it felt like two novels in one, as his writing style is pretty much the same in both apart from the odd small difference. Here in Death on Credit we have the obscene and the vulgar infused with the proust-esque poetic vision of Journey, and I have to say this came close to being as good as Journey, but for me Journey is still my favourite. Death on Credit takes place earlier in the life of Celine/Bardamu, in which we ...more
Anthony
Pure unadulterated brilliance. Celine is one of those few authors one comes across whose genius makes one appreciate life, art, and the great fortune one has to be able to experience it. Celine's writings are like a dark gem shining blackly in a sea of mediocre banality. Celine manages to mix severe misanthropy, pessimism, violent disgust with life and humanity with hilarity. Easily one of the best books I've ever read as well as one of the most humorous. This isn't happy humor though. It is ...more
Christine
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an asshole. What a pig. What a bigot. But jesus, can he write. This is a good one to pick up and just read passages from anywhere then set down when you just can't take it anymore.
Jim
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's all those damned dots ... one after another ... here comes one fragment ... then another ... and before you know it you're being carried along like flotsam in the sewers ... Poor Ferdinand ... hard-luck kid ... nothing but abuse at home ... surrounded by gargoyles ... work was no escape ... everyone was such a stinking sneak, until Ferdinand was forced out ... once again ... only to undergo the treatment again at home ... they always took it so personally ... not that maman and papa were ...more
Danny Axelrod
Apr 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pj Perez, Jerry Misko, Matt Keleman
The master of the ellipse, Celine recounts his tragi-comic career as a youth and doctor in the Paris suburb of Montemartre. If you know Celine, this is his darkest but, in my opinion , most beautifully and vividly written novel. He spins and sputters off into an inner world that has great clarity concerning the surrounding outer world, without any great ability to relate properly to it.I just found myself relating to like my own. If you are new to Celine, think of it as Bukowski meets Moulin ...more
William2
Mar 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't reread this one. Didn't seem to hold up. But I loved it the first time through!
Justin Evans
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Once again I'm left feeling a bit let down by Celine. Some of that is his fault, and some of it is not.

Not his fault: that he's billed as the great nihilist of modernism, but seems to me a good deal less nihilistic, or interesting, than any number of other modernists; that writing in everyday lingo is no longer shocking or interesting; that talking about fucking is no longer shocking or interesting; that Mannheim translates him--accurately, for all I know--to sound like the mildly grumpier
...more
Tyler
Apr 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults; Francophiles; Fans of Modernism
Recommended to Tyler by: Author's Reputation
Wherever I go lately in literature, it seems the French have been there first. Today's episode of this might be called, "How the French saved Modernism from itself." Or at least, how Céline did. This companion to Journey to the End of the Night can be read equally well by itself. In it, a boy – why Ferdinand, it just so happens is his name – grows up at the turn of the century in middle-class Paris. This story looks closely at that boy and that environment, and adds a creative twist to the ...more
RandomAnthony
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I very much liked Death on The Installment Plan I loved the shit out of Journey To The End of Night. I can’t help compare the two, and while the latter’s better, the former/sequel is very good.

Death focuses primarily on the author/character’s (toss-up!) reflections on his formative years. After a brief tour of the present the narrator hustles back to his early childhood with his perenially frazzled shopowner parents. He later attends an English boarding school, cycles through shitty jobs,
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Beauregard Shagnasty
My hero. What a delightfully cranky bastard.He also happens to be right, most of the time.
Jeremy
“There is no softness or gentleness in this world, Gwendor, but only myth! All kingdoms end in a dream...”


So Death tells Gwendor the Magnificent (Prince of Christiania, and betrayer of King Krogold) as he dies on the field of battle and is about to be collected. It’s from the novel Ferdinand Bardamu is writing, our protagonist. He is more for the traditional tale of great folk than L. F. Céline, but he seems to be of the same mind thematically. And we pick up the story of our aspiring author
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Troy
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
I'm not loving this. It started off with a bang, this great book, this influential novel, this cowpaddie of importance, but now it's all ellipsis and shitbird drone . . . endless procession of phonies and hapless blunderers in a constant stream of misfortune and moral turpitude . . . As I read this I think about what I always think about when I read novels written over a hundred years ago . . . that is, how awful life was . . . how it was a neverending maelstrom of shit jobs and misfortune to ...more
Simon
I would call "Death on the Installment Plan" one of the very few good prequels, if I didn't feel so awkward using a Hollywood neologism to describe a book written in the mid-1930s. The set-up here is the main character from "Journey to the End of the Night", the author's alter-ego Dr. Ferdinand Bardamu, as an old man in ill health looking back upon his adolescence: His dysfunctional parents, his less-than-successful apprenticeships for various craftsmen, his education at a British boarding ...more
Patrick McCoy
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Death On The Installment Plan is the companion piece to Celine's earlier novel Journey To The End of Night. Perhaps he was the first to conceive of the prequel, since this novel is about his/the protagonists' life growing up and misadventures trying to find a trade and employment up until his enlistment in the army. Journey To The End of Night takes up from enlistment in the army and onward, but was written first. I guess the most common characteristic between the two books is the writing style. ...more
Jacob Overmark
Rumor has it, that Celine wanted to reach a deep, deep inner place in human perception.
In writing, this would only be possible if the (out)spoken word with its built in poetry was transformed to prose. Language is dead, it only survives as long as it is spoken, and I guess his mission was to keep the foulest possible language alive.

In his time he was a rising star, talking directly to the people about problems they knew only too well and in a language they could recognize as their own.
At least
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Neil
Dec 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Some people find Celine's (exaggerated) account of his childhood depressing. I thought it was a riot, laughing out loud many times while reading. Probably just a matter of one's taste for dark comedy. The story is a similar form to his earlier Journey to the End of the Night, but the sentence structure is much more idiosyncratic. In the end you are left with one man's hyperbolic interpretation of society, full of alternately cruel and pathetic animals. Even though I don't share his misanthropy, ...more
Aaron Arnold
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-in-2014
I enjoyed Journey to the End of the Night, the only other Céline I've read, but it frequently struck me as dry and cold at times. Not deliberately so, as in a Camus or Houellebecq novel, but in the kind of abstract way that marks an author who's not fully engaged with what he's putting on the page, or is a bit unsure what he's trying to communicate. Well, this pseudo-sequel is as far removed from that kind of literature as you could ask for - absolutely bursting with every kind of nasty, seedy, ...more
Alan
abandoned after 40 pages (of 500). Can see it's brilliant, but the constant stream of invective and bile just made me a bit ill. Not in the mood (may go back to it though)
Lawrence
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hard to imagine he could write a more explosive novel than"Journey"....


yet he does..

the manic lyric matures here...fragmented...
.one finds oneself gasping for air at times..

There are moments when the language is so powerful and musical that entire passages
move like mythic poems set to some unknown , arcane composer....

Celine captures the absurd and the mundane..wraps it in rotten fish and decayed newsprint... and throws it at the reader...grease, fat and all...

ghastly....

..Celine would never
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Amy
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Unfinished, to be honest, but I didn't want to kindly reminders from goodreads that I started it ten billion years ago.
Death by ellipses. Stylistically not my thing, and it's never particularly interesting to hear someone complain about their work. Tolstoy got it wrong; it's the unhappy that are all the same. Our depressions/anxieties/pessimistic outlook don't make us any more of an artiste, I am afraid -- otherwise I'd be the next Shakespeare.
Scott
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Stopped just over halfway through because - try though I might - I wasn't experiencing the literary depth and power for which this book has been praised. Instead, I experienced a kind of I-don't-care tedium, ad infinitum.
Jafar
Mar 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all-time favorites.
Daniel Simmons
Best read in installments. Or maybe never.
Chip
Feb 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
want to read. has more...than 'Journey'.

So finally started this...and I have to say only 20 pages in! Much....better than the other what shall not be named crap I have on the old shelf. My god they will kill you with their fanboy slobbering they will. The unwashed degenerates who shuffle in line to their daily feed......I'd knock them over the head with my brilliant tomes I would...perhaps another day if this rain lets up.

To sustain such writing must be a chore. But it is fun. And I love this
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Ted Prokash
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Death on the Installment Plan, or Morte à Crédit, is the follow up to Journey to the End of the Night. If anything, Céline perfects his Gonzo prose style in this book. The thread of storyline is not as strong as in Journey, but the handful of acts that are pieced together to form this novel are as vivid and insane as anything in literature. The characters here are immortal. As good as it gets.

Cèline was a better pure writer than Henry Miller, though Miller's intellectual flights at least
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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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