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De brug van Londen (Guignols band II) Louis-Ferdinand Céline

De brug van Londen (Guignols band II)

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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520 pages
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In this widely acclaimed translation, Dominic Di Bernardi expertly captures Celines trademark style of prose which has served as inspiration to such American writers as Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski,MoreIn this widely acclaimed translation, Dominic Di Bernardi expertly captures Celines trademark style of prose which has served as inspiration to such American writers as Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller. One of the last major untranslated works by Frances most controversial author, London Bridge is a riotous novel about the London underworld during World War I. Picking up where Guignols Band (1944- English translation 1954) left off, Celines autobiographical narrator recounts his disastrous partnership with a mystical Frenchman (intent on financing a trip to Tibet by winning a gas-mask competition)- his uneasy relationship with Londons pimps and whores and their common nemesis, Inspector Matthew of Scotland Yard- and, most scandalously, his affair with a baronets 14-year-old daughter, an English angel whose descent into vice is suspiciously smooth. He dreams of escaping with her to America to start a new life, but he, his mystical partner, and his underaged mistress finally awake to reality crossing windswept London Bridge. Written in his trademark style--a headlong rush of slang, brusque observation, and quirky lyricism, delivered in machine-gun bursts of prose and ellipses--Celine re-creates the dark days during the Great War with sordid verisimilitude and desperate hilarity, expertly captured in Dominic Di Bernardis racy translation.