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Castle to Castle by Louis-Ferdinand Céline
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Castle to Castle (1957)

by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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and I lose an enemy or two every day … cancer, apoplexy, gluttony … it's a pleasure the number that pass on! … I'm not hard to please … a name! … another!

Coincidence rules. I just penned a lengthy (for me, anyway) treatment of how and why Celine should be approached.

That was lost.

The how converged his hysterical realism and penchant for splatter of adjective and detail. The why detailed his good faith account of the vanquished, how he understood the stakes of his ideological bent. Unfortunately, Celine in his derangement perceived his public judgement and persecution to be of personal bent.

There is no painting over of crimes or incitement, instead the author captures with intensity the peril of RAF fighters strafing those fleeing from liberated France into Germany. Sanctuary is found in a train built for the Shah of Iran and crowded not only with collaborators but with screaming, shitting children.

Whether he was being glib or not, I credit Joshua Cohen for inviting me to return to Celine after so long. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
En 1932, avec le Voyage au bout de la nuit, Louis-Ferdinand Céline s'imposait d'emblée comme un des grands novateurs de notre temps. Le Voyage était traduit dans le monde entier et de nombreux écrivains ont reconnu ce qu'ils devaient à Céline, de Henry Miller à Marcel Aymé, de Sartre à Jacques Perret, de Simenon à Félicien Marceau.

D'un château l'autre pourrait s'intituler 'le bout de la nuit'. Les châteaux dont parle Céline sont en effet douloureux, agités de spectres qui se nomment la Guerre, la Haine, la Misère. Céline s'y montre trois fois châtelain : à Sigmaringen en compagnie du maréchal Pétain et de ses ministres ; au Danemark où il demeure dix-huit mois dans un cachot, puis quelques années dans une ferme délabrée ; enfin à Meudon où sa clientèle de médecin se réduit à quelques pauvres, aussi miséreux que lui.
Il s'agit pourtant d'un roman autant que d'une confession, car Céline n'est pas fait pour l'objectivité.

Avec un comique somptueux, il décrit les Allemands affolés, l'Europe entière leur retombant sur la tête, les ministres de Vichy sans ministère, et le Maréchal à la veille de la Haute Cour.
D'un château l'autre doit être considéré au même titre que le Voyage au bout de la nuit et Mort à crédit comme un des grands livres de Céline auqel il donna du reste une suite avec Nord (1960) et Rigodon (1969).

Source: Amazon - March 21, 2018
  fontanitum | Mar 21, 2018 |
Trois etoiles, pour le style, et l'energie hallucinante de l'auteur a l'encontre du genre humain, mais pose beaucoup de question sur qui est victime? ( )
  Gerardlionel | Apr 2, 2016 |
Premier volet de la trilogie allemande finale de Céline (cf. ##Nord## et ##Rigodon##).
  PierreYvesMERCIER | Feb 19, 2012 |
One of the greatest writers of the 20th century--even Beckett (who was the polar opposite in terms of politics) admired his precise, brilliant prose. ( )
1 vote | CliffBurns | Oct 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 156478150X, Paperback)

It is Germany near the end of World War II, the Allies have landed and members of the Vichy France government have been sequestered in a labyrinthine castle, replete with secret passages and subterranean hideaways. The group of 1,400 terrified officials, their wives, mistresses, flunkies, and Nazi protectors—including Céline, his wife, their cat, and an actor friend—attempt to postpone the postwar reckoning under the constant threat of air raids and starvation. With an undercurrent of sensual excitement, Céline paints an almost unbearably vivid picture of human society and the human condition.
,br>Called by Atlantic Monthly "the blackest of the black" of Céline's novels and hailed by the Washington Post Book World for its "intense sympathy with individual human beings," Castle to Castle is brilliantly rendered in Ralph Manheim's translation, for which he won the National Book Award.

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With an undercurrent of sensual excitement, C'line paints an almost unbearably vivid picture of society and the human condition.

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