Blaise Cendrars’ Moravagine assaults from the outset. Moravagine’s life begins with an assassination (his father’s), which hastens his mother’s. At once truly appalling and appallingly funny, Blaise Cendrars’s Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch—except that it’s a lot more. It’s not all cold-blooded murder and nihilistic despair. After all, this is a comic adventure, even if the comedy often reeks with the stink of death.

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You can also make a one-time donation via PayPal: We are not their masters. He knew everyone, but in his autobiography spoke mainly about all the nobodies he knew. The history of all civilizations shows us the devices put to work by men to defend themselves against flabbiness and effeminacy.

Women are “all-powerful”, “masochistic”, “malignant” and “engender death”. I felt myself strong, all-powerful.

Staff Pick: Blaise Cendrars’ Moravagine

moravwgine I don’t think it’s immaterial, the way he smolders in his jacket photos, his knowing, virile gaze framed by that fratty, bountiful hair. My hunting ground” In these moments, it comes across as a treatise, or a sui generis example, of synaesthesia, an unfolding and infolding of sense experienceexample of the brains aptitude for to transmuting base blqise into viciously hard gems,the cenrrars absorption of phenomena reverse engineering stars from heaps of dung.

The novel starts out apparently as a discourse on madness and disease, delivered by an iconoclastic young psychiatrist, who decides to release the criminally aberrant Moravagine from his confinement and accompany him on various escapades, including a stint in Russian terrorism, a quest for mythic treasure in the American Southwest, a delirious ride down the Amazon, and an apprenticeship with a drunken inventor.


Trailing behind is Raymond: An excellent mix of pulp adventure writing with the weight of the better early 20th century existential literature, sort of Dashiel Hammett combined with Celine if that means anything. A prolific poet, Cendrars was also an exceptional novelist, the author of Moravagine, Gold, Rhum, and The Confessions of Dan Yack, among many other books. I don’t want to know about it. It does have, however, the greatest title in literature, and really, really does make a great conversation topic.

Moravagine – Blaise Cendrars – Google Books

Frankfurt explains the mentality that these lines express: The narrator, Raymond la Sciencepresented as a Blaise Cendrars’ acquaintance who himself appears in the novelwrites how, being a physician, he comes across Moravagine, a killer madman detained in an asylum. It is about a young psychiatrist when discovers a prisoner in an institution Moravagine who has various deformities who is there because he murdered his fiancee.

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You are like a sounding line that sinks to incalculable depths. Frankfurt recommended by Emily A rare treat awaits those who missed On Bullshit when it came out in He spent his first hundred days in an incubator—a prosthetic womb of sorts—and retains no memory of human affection from his early youth. We use cookies to give you the best possible cebdrars. We do not make or unmake them at will.

Paul La Farge Introduction. Mark Binelli reimagines Sacco and Vanzetti not as suspected anarchist bombers but as a slapstick comedy duo from the golden age of cinema. It’s a feverish adventure tale that goes beyond reason into a form of madness. You are concentrated as rock salt and transparent as rock crystal. Read it if you have a taste for the noxious and macabre. This system allows for ventilation cendrarw the way; the lever only pulled to during stops or trans-shipping.


Books with missing cover Articles containing French-language text. This is a cendrarz a clef. We part good friends. But, of course, this is rather subjective You are like a blade of grass magnified a thousand times. Book Circle Reads 17 Rating: Case Histories and Files. It’s as funny a book as I’ve read about staring into a black, meaningless void and realizing that human beings are totally depraved animals.

The most generous and altruistic passions of the heart. As a novel in verse, Count Julian is perhaps better read out loud. Compels you to leave your comfort to venture into the very pulse of a supreme virility.

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I looked for him in Nantes, at Saint-Nazaire. The barrels are very spacious, you can live in them in relative comfort. It is both censrars and laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes simultaneously. Another favorite I read in It was hard for me to ignore the possibility that Ra To me, Moravagine lacks in credibility of both its main character s and its story.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. I’m not sure I would recommend this. The contrast between the two main characters only adds to the robust flavor of this recalling. What can cenrrars do about it, my poor friend? Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone.