Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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Louis-Ferdinand Céline, the pen name of Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches (27 May 1894 – 1 July 1961), was a French writer and physician. He developed a new style of writing that became influential in France and elsewhere. Céline used a working-class, spoken style of language in his writings, and attacked what he considered to be the overly polished, "bourgeois" language of the "academy" (Académie Française).

Werth described his books, such as L'Ecole des Cadavres, Mort á Credit, and Bagatelles pour un Massacre, as "emotional catastrophism".[1] His most famous work is the 1932 novel Journey to the End of the Night (in English), regarded by some literary critics today as a masterpiece, comparable in achievement to James Joyce's Ulysses and Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past and a superb example of literary modernism. It was praised for its "spellbinding verbal powers"[2]

Céline's stated anti-Semitism and support for fascism (broad sense) and National Socialist Germany, before and during the Second World War[3], has made him controversial. See the "External links" section.

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  1. Werth, Alexander, France 1940 - 1955, Robert Hale, London, 1957, p.122.
  2. Soucy, Robert, French Fascism: The Second Wave 1933-1939, Yale University Press, London, 1995, p.300.
  3. Werth, 1957, p.45.