Louis-Ferdinand Céline Romances Mata Hari in London

Celine 1915Louis-Ferdinand Céline is one of France’s most controversial writers. He took both literature and politics to the extremes.

His novels are corrosively cynical, rage-fuelled attacks on modern life that portray humanity as selfish, violent, lustful beasts who commit horrible crimes for trivial reasons. Céline himself wasn’t much better.

“When the grave lies open before us, let’s not try to be witty,” he said. “But on the other hand, let’s not forget, but make it our business to record the worst of human viciousness we’ve seen without changing one word. When that’s done, we can curl up our toes and sink into the pit.”  [Why Henry Miller and Louis-Ferdinand Céline Deserve Success as well as Scandal, The Guardian]

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