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Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Bagatelles pour un massacre - 1937

Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Bagatelles pour un massacre - 1937

Louis-Ferdinand Céline - Bagatelles pour un massacre - 1937
Literature - Quantity: 1 - Book

Beautiful first edition of Céline’s Bagatelles pour un massacre.

This is Céline’s second pamphlet, after Mea Culpa. Céline was always opposed to a reissue of his pamphlets after 1945, a wish which was respected by those with the rights.

Burgundy percaline binding, gilded title and author.
Bibliography: As the First World War loomed, Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, known as Céline, anticipated the call to duty and enlisted for three years. First appointed brigadier on 5 August 1913, he became Maréchal des Logis on 5 May 1914. Volunteering for a dangerous mission, he was shot in the right arm and was repatriated to the Val-de-Grâce in Paris. He was awarded the médaille militaire on 4 November and shortly afterwards received the Croix de Guerre. His injury was serious and left him 70% disabled. In response, he decided to present his own, grotesque and sordid, perspective of the conflict in his "Voyage au bout de la nuit" which won the Prix Renaudot in 1932. Thanks to a writing style close to spoken language and slang, Céline reproduces the emotion experienced and turns literature upside down. A physician with anti-Semitic ideas, he was widely condemned by critics. In 1939, after the publication of the two pamphlets "Bagatelles pour un massacre" (1937) and "L'Ecole des cadavres" (1938), the Marchandeau decree forced the publisher Denoël to withdraw these two works from sale. Céline was excluded from literary life. He was convicted in 1950 for indignité nationale before being eventually amnestied. The controversy over the rightful place of his works is still ongoing.
Condition: Good copy, the paper is yellowed, this is simply due to the quality of paper at the time.
The book will be securely packaged, send with tracking and insurance - Weight: 0.700 g

Lot details
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Book Title
Bagatelles pour un massacre
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition
Original language
Binding/ Material
Number of pages
22×14.5 cm
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