Louis-Ferdinand Céline

(1894-1961 / Courbevoie)

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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Louis-Ferdinand Céline was the pen name of Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches (27 May 1894 – 1 July 1961). He was a French novelist, pamphleteer and physician. The name Céline was the first name of his grandmother. He is considered one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, developing a new style of writing that modernized both French and world literature. more »

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  • ''To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose. People don't deserve the restraint we show by not going into delirium in front of them. To hell with them!''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. Letter, June 30, 1947. Critical Essays on Louis-Ferdinand Céline, ed. William K. Buckley (1989).
  • We've no use for intellectuals in this outfit. What we need is chimpanzees. Let me give you a word of advice: never say a word to us about being intelligent. We will think for you, my friend. Don't fo...
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. Examining doctor at Ford auto factory in Detroit, where the narrator Ferdinand Bardamu (and Céline)...
  • ''Love, Arthur, is a poodle's chance of attaining the infinite, and personally I have my pride.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. Ferdinand Bardamu, in Journey to the End of the Night, 1966 edition, p. 8 (orig. publ. 1932, trans....
  • ''Life is filigree work.... What is written clearly is not worth much, it's the transparency that counts.''
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. Quoted in Patrick McCarthy, Céline, ch. 8 (1975). Féerie pour une Autre Fois (1952).
  • Even diseases have lost their prestige, there aren't so many of them left.... Think it over ... no more syphilis, no more clap, no more typhoid ... antibiotics have taken half the tragedy out of medic...
    Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. Interview, 1960, in Critical Essays on Louis-Ferdinand Céline, ed. by William F. Buckley (1989).
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