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Louis-Ferdinand Celine
(1894-1961) born on
May 27
French writer, physician. He travelled extensively on medical missions for the League of Nations, and wrote novels in his spare time.
         
   
F
The whole business of your life overwhelms you when you live alone. One's stupefied by it. To get rid of it you try to daub some of it off on to people who come to see you, and they hate that. To be alone trains one for death.

R
Never believe straight off in a man's unhappiness. Ask him if he can still sleep. If the answer's "yes," all's well. That is enough.
A
To hell with reality! I want to die in music, not in reason or in prose.
N
The novel can't compete with cars, the movies, television, and liquor. A guy who's had a good feed and tanked up on good wine gives his old lady a kiss after supper and his day is over. Finished.
K
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night (1932; tr. 1934; ed. 1966, p. 328).
R: The narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night (1932; tr. 1934; 1966, p. 371).
A: Letter, 30 June 1947 (published in Critical Essays on Louis-Ferdinand Céline, ed. by William K. Buckley, 1989).
N: Interview, 1 June 1960 (repr. in Critical Essays on Louis-Ferdinand Céline, ed. by William F. Buckley, 1989).
K: The narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, (1932; tr. 1934; ed. 1966, p. 69).
   


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