Louis-Ferdinand Celine's second novel continues the style of black humor and the delirious but immediate prose that made the author instantly famous in his native France in the aftermath of World War I. Celine's goal was to create a kind of literature that described people in honest terms, unembellished by the conventions of fiction, no matter how mean and crummy they were, and to portray them in the real language of everyday life and thought. He succeeds darkly and brilliantly in Death on the Installment Plan, yet it is also a sweet kind of book, a young boy's coming-of-age tale, struggling with his parents and looking for his own kind of personal freedom.
Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961) was a French writer and doctor whose novels are antiheroic visions of human suffering. Accused of collaboration with the Nazis, Céline fled France in 1944 first to Germany and then to Denmark. Condemned by default (1950) in France to one year of imprisonment and declared a national disgrace, Céline returned to France after his pardon in 1951, where he continued to write until his death. His classic books include Journey to the End of the Night, Death on the Installment Plan, London Bridge, North, Rigadoon, Conversations with Professor Y, Castle to Castle, and Normance.
Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work.
This book covers his early life. I suggest, reading Journey first, as I believe he wrote it first. His spirit comes through despite the struggles of the times. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kunut Hamsun
What a strange and strangely written book - I love it! Celine is in a class by himself.Published 1 month ago by Kaytee
Not for everyone. Best read between the ages of 15 and 25. If you think the book is going to be full of all kinds of anti-semiticaca and proto-fascistic bile, forget it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by margot
Like nothing else you have ever read. A lacerating work of genius. A dark and brutal "coming of age" novel - par excellence! Read morePublished 3 months ago by An Avid Reader
Bought this for my boyfriend so he could have the same existential crisis and fear of humanity that I do. So far so good.Published 12 months ago by A the Cat Lady
Incredible book by a spun man. He wore me out - he is relentlessly intense - but I couldn't put it down.Published 13 months ago by Jennifer Booth
Read Celine in my youth and still re-reading. "Mort a Credit" is not as conceptually bright as "Journey," 1934, but it is still, despite being a bit dated, (1936),... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jim
Journey to the End of the Night was Céline’s first novel and his most famous, but not his best; that honor goes to his later works. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Matt W.
The most sustained act of bellyaching in literary history, it's hard to believe the French consider Celine their greatest author. Over Hugo, Proust, Flaubert...? Read morePublished 23 months ago by Conan