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Moravagine (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback – August 31, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: New York Review Books Classics
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590170636
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590170632
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #614,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Rip-roaring fiction and imaginative adventuring on all planes of experience."
Times Literary Supplement

"Moravagine seeks damnation and extinction with a glee unequaled in literature. The only parallels that come to mind are Céline and Beckett."
— Sven Birkerts, New Boston Review

"An unbridled picaresque fantasy…full of tenderness, horror, and ink-black jokes of a visual intensity that recall Goya."
Financial Times

"Savage, funny, wildly inventive."
— John Lehmann, Sunday Telegraph

Language Notes

Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

Unfortunately the character himself and his exploits are utterly boring.
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Moravagine...A psychological thrilling novel that confronts bare human emotion with an honesty unmatched by few..
Bailey Hicks
I have probably read over 5000 books in my life, and this is the only one I ever liked.
John Abar

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By mostserene1 on December 25, 2007
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This may be described as an exquisitely depraved travelogue of regions both geographic and psychological. Other reviewers have more than adequately laid out the storyline and in that regard I have nothing to add. I will simply admonish readers that this is not a book for the queasy, the timid, or those of a markedly nervous disposition. That said, if you took pleasure from Oscar Wilde's The Portrait of Dorian Gray, J.K. Huysmans' A Rebours (Against Nature), or, stretching a bit, even the fantastical satire of The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov, then this decadent, entertaining romp may be just what the "doctor" ordered. But you have been warned: I accept no responsibility for psychotic breaks triggered by this gruesome literary morsel.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Strang on September 20, 2009
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It is obvious that this book is one of Cendrars most ambtious novels. It is so well written that each minor and major shock create a seamless flow within a paradox of uncontrolled energies on one level - yet controlled energies on other levels - coupled with an almost invisible hatred of the human for the entire human condition. To me, it is the most frightening book I have every read. ALso, it is in the realm of the greatest of classics. I cannot help but wonder where or not Blaise Cendrars was or had been an avid reader of Balzac (This is based upon some of his structuring of the story).
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Chat6@aol.com on May 11, 1998
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This is a depraved and beautiful book that should be read by everyone. It is the literary equivalent of the best meal you've ever eaten to the point of sickness--you wouldn't want to do it every night but you don't want to die without ever having done it once. Everyone who cares about literature, especially the decadent literature of this century, should check this out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bailey Hicks on October 1, 2011
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This was the first book I read from Cendrars with little thought that he would have the humbling effect on me that he did. To say this book is great, is an understatement! After you've read it ,you too, will understand why! The amount of research that had to be applied to this book is an amazing feat in itself, let alone the whole storyline which is genius, complex,and poetic,... like all the great authors! Moravagine...A psychological thrilling novel that confronts bare human emotion with an honesty unmatched by few.. brings us closer into the mind of an author, whose awesome talent for expression, sent tremors down the spine of the literary world, showing us life's true nature...macabre and yet beautiful!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ivan Turgenev on November 11, 2008
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Every time I read this there is a new layer of meaning that jumps out; from the adventure story examining the limits and constraints of human nature to Cendrars' brilliant digressions in which each one paragraph could be fodder for entire books. It will have you rethink what it means to be human.
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Not exactly what I was expecting. “Moravagine” is usually billed as being in the same vein as Bataille’s “Story of the Eye” and stylistically it is, sort of, but as to content it is very different. It can be a bit tedious at some points, but thankfully those stretches are not long. “Moravagine” is definitely worth reading if you are interested in abstract literature.

I enjoyed Cendrars’ style but I’m still a bit undecided on what I think about the novel. I feel like the story focuses on the duo’s involvement with terrorism/revolution in Czarist Russia and not enough time on the ending or the surrealist trip around the world.
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Fascinating even though I cannot find the main character to be sympathetic. You might want to read it if you have a taste for antique bizarre literature.
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