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Journey to the End of the Night
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher New Directions
Publication date April 3, 2006
Pages 453
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780811216548
ISBN-10 0811216543
Dimensions 1 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Original list price $17.95
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Summary
Originally published to shocked reviews in 1932 France, a scathing literary critique of what the writer believed to be the poor judgment and hypocrisy of society follows the travels of petit-bourgeois anti-hero Bardamu, from the trenches of World War I and the African jungle to America and Paris.
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The dark side of On the Road: instead of seeking kicks, the French narrator travels the globe to find an ever deeper disgust for life.

Louis-Ferdinand Celine's revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy and hypocrisy of society explodes from nearly every page of this novel. Filled with slang and obscenities and written in raw, colloquial language, Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of violence, cruelty and obscene nihilism. This book shocked most critics when it was first published in France in 1932, but quickly became a success with the reading public in Europe, and later in America where it was first published by New Directions in 1952. The story of the improbable yet convincingly described travels of the petit-bourgeois (and largely autobiographical) antihero, Bardamu, from the trenches of World War I, to the African jungle, to New York and Detroit, and finally to life as a failed doctor in Paris, takes the readers by the scruff and hurtles them toward the novel's inevitable, sad conclusion.

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With Ralph Manheim | from New Directions (April 3, 2006)
9780811216548 | details & prices | 453 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $17.95
About: Originally published to shocked reviews in 1932 France, a scathing literary critique of what the writer believed to be the poor judgment and hypocrisy of society follows the travels of petit-bourgeois anti-hero Bardamu, from the trenches of World War I and the African jungle to America and Paris.
from John Calder Pub Ltd (December 1, 1997)
9780714541396 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.10 lbs | List price $19.95
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from New Directions (January 1, 1983)
9780811208475 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.50 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $15.95
About: The celebrated French author's first autobiographical novel takes Ferdinand Bardamu on a search for fulfillment and meaning through Flemish battlefields, Parisian alleys, American slums and factories, and back to the suburbs of Paris

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