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LONDON BRIDGE: A NOVEL ("GUIGNOL'S BAND II") - Scarce Pristine Copy of The First American Edition/First Printing

Celine, Louis-Ferdinand Destouches (Translated by Dominic Di Bernardi)

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ISBN 10: 1564780716 / ISBN 13: 9781564780713
Published by Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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1st Printing. 450 pages. Published in 1995. The author's ninth novel to be translated into English. One of Louis-Ferdinand Celine's greatest achievements. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Louis-Ferdinand Celine's "Le Pont du Londres" in a felicitous English translation. Based upon the extensively revised 1988 Gallimard Edition (entitled "Guignol's Band II"), and supersedes the 1964 Edition. "Celine's autobiographical narrator recounts his disastrous partnership with a mystical Frenchman; his uneasy relationship with London's pimps and whores and their common nemesis, Inspector Matthew of Scotland Yard; and most scandalously, his affair with a baronet's 14-year-old daughter, an English angel whose descent into vice is suspiciously smooth. Written in his trademark style, a headlong rush of brusque observation and quirky lyricism, Celine recreates the dark days during the Great War with sordid verisimilitude and desperate hilarity". Celine's black humor and mesmerizing prose, written with the most palpable immediacy, is "sui generis", inimitably original. It is also precisely why it has influenced and been imitated ("emulated") by so many writers: Kurt Vonnegut, William S. Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Norman Mailer, Philip Roth, and Joseph Heller, to mention only the American pantheon-names. Louis-Ferdinand Destouches Celine remains our greatest anomaly, the Dark Figure of 20th-century Western literature, a truly great writer who was a truly evil human being. A traitorous Frenchman, he was an active collaborator during the Second World War. A lifelong Jew-hater, he wrote some of the most virulent anti-Semitic texts of all time. Celine's self-proclaimed contemporary literary descendant in Michel Houellebecq is nothing more than a fashionable stick-figure, shallow in his insolence, a pale shadow in Celine's burning light. An absolute "must-have" title for Louis-Ferdinand Celine collectors. This title is a great book. This is one of few copies of the First American Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is the single most beautiful copy we have ever seen. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. One of the greatest writers of the 20th century. A fine copy. ISBN 1564780716. Bookseller Inventory # 17344

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Title: LONDON BRIDGE: A NOVEL ("GUIGNOL'S BAND II")...

Publisher: Champaign, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: no

Edition: 1st Edition.

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In this widely acclaimed translation, Dominic DiBernardi expertly captures C?line's trademark style of prose which has served as inspiration to such American writers as Philip Roth, Kurt Vonnegut, William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Norman Mailer and Joseph Heller.

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A hilarious novel about the dark and devilish London underworld during World War I, London Bridge follows Celine's autobiographical narrator through his tumultuous relationships with London's pimps and whores, a mystical Frenchman, and the narrator's lover: the daughter of an English baronet whose fall from grace is amazingly -- suspiciously -- swift. If you've read Celine, you'll again enjoy his trademark style of brusque observations and short bursts of prose and ellipses. If you haven't, you're in for a wild and wonderful ride.

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