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A landmark event: the last of C line's novels to be translated into English, this account of an air attack on Paris during World War II shows a hallucinatory, altered space in which human aggressions, appetites, and suspicion come boiling to the surface in preposterous dimensions. A frantic narrator, in search of complicity, relates the story of an apocalyptic ballet that leaves reason and order in shreds, as bombing turns Montmartre into an underworld teeming with dirty deeds, while our guide resists the inhumanity with animal desperation and robust hilarity. C line animates the events with the exuberance and speed of his narrative style, fully developed and uninhibited, and fully his own.
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In a dense existential journey that challenged the patience of his translator, late Austrian novelist Jonke (1946-2009) explores the disintegration of self. The unnamed narrator, a composer, wakes up one day in a psychiatric hospital room shared by a loudly wheezing patient and invaded by importunate staff. Mystified, our protagonist enlists the help of a hospital assistant he refers to as "SHE" or "HER" to seek out the doctor, who curtly reminds the patient (who has no memory) that he has attempted suicide and is being held until stabilized. Unfortunately, the patient's file has been lost or stolen (possibly by HER), and his investigation yields few clues. Determined to find the woman, the patient escapes from the hospital and embarks on ambling adventures with a group of traveling performers, only to return where he started. Perhaps too much was lost in translation, but given the solipsistic narrative's lack of cohesion and too willful strangeness, it doesn't seem like there was much there to begin with. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Increasingly, it does look as if the novels of Gunter Grass, of William Burroughs, and of Norman Mailer would not have been written without Celine's precedent. Celine was the black humorist to his age three decades before the term was invented . . . Alongside this apocalyptically-minded Paris doctor our local batch of black comics are pretty gray cats. To read any one single novel by Celine is to receive, in a bracing style, a hysterical primer on the abjection of being. --Wyatt Mason Celine is one of the great revolutionaries of prose of our century, as great as Joyce or Kafka. --The London Spectator

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