One of the most iconic books of French literature written by the most controversial figure of the 20th century French literary scene. It offers a profound vision of the nature of the individual experience, rooted in suffering and inertia. Together with Journey to the End of the Night, Death on Credit shocked European literature and world consciousness. Celine's influence has revolutionized the contemporary approach to fiction.
Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961) was one of the most controversial writers of the twentieth century, a writer who mixed realism with imaginative fantasy, and like his contemporary Henry Miller, an iconoclast who shocked and frightened many of his readers. Celine, the pen name of L.F. Destouches, was a doctor in poor Parisian districts, whose experience of the misery and chicanery of the poor gave him a jaundiced view of humanity that he poured into prose that is comic, as well as often frightening and obscene.
The most blackly humorous and disenchanted voice in all of French literature. * London Review of Books *