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About the Author
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.
A Chevalier des Arts et Lettres, Mandell has translated works by a number of important French authors, including Proust, Flaubert, Genet, Maupassant, and Blanchot.
Guerre is breathtaking. Its immediacy, its ostinato of physical pain, its lewd and desperate milieu of wounded soldiers in a field hospital behind the front lines, will either repel or draw you with its sardonic wit and glints of tenderness and trapdoor twists of narrative.-- "World Literature Today"
A more intense realization of the horrors of the Great War has never been written. The novel emerges, inevitably, to much reverberating argument over the good and evil of Céline's oeuvre and its meanings, about whether his literary value can be separated from the vile anti-Semitism of his political pamphleteering, and how we should respond to the whole. [But] the line between Céline's pamphlets and Auschwitz is direct; to pretend that it's not is to sin against history. But no one can easily forget, in this new book as in the older ones, the intensity of Céline's realization of the inexpungible human emotions of hatred and horror. When it comes to Céline, then or now, an ability to admire, a refusal to censor, and a readiness to condemn, should be--must be--part of a single compound response. Evil genius demands no less.--Adam Gopnik "The New Yorker"
War has its own sinister charm, and it provides a further hallucinated contribution to Céline's case against war... In Search of Unlost Terror might be a title for the book.--Michael Wood "London Review of Books"