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Old November 15th, 2012 #1
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Louis-Ferdinand CÉLINE

Trifles for a Massacre


«For U. S. readers, Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Journey to the End of the Night made strong reading, even in its greatly expurgated translation. But that violent and gory novel is a model of Puritan self-restraint compared with Céline's new, untranslated and probably untranslatable Trifles for a Massacre, current sensation of French literature, in which the novelist's genius for invective, hatred of modern civilization and fertility in cursing it have exploded in an anti-Semitic tirade calculated to end all anti-Semitic tirades, to make Nazis turn green with envy.

When Trifles for a Massacre was published, horrified Left critics who had praised Céline's Journey to the End of the Night damned him as a Fascist.

From the May 30, 1938 issue of TIME magazine
 
Old January 6th, 2014 #2
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Author : Céline (Destouches Louis Ferdinand)

Title : Trifles for a massacre

Year : 1937

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Celine_-_Trifles_for_a_massacre.zip


The “massacre,” in the thinking of the author, which he foresaw in 1937, is evidently that which transpired upon the outbreak of the Second World War. Contrary to rumor, the pamphlets are not forbidden by law, regulation or tribunal. They have not been reissued by reputable publishing houses because the author, having returned to France, wanted to retain the authority on the reissue of the books which he had written, in order to gain his subsistence.

This measure of opportunity is no longer a consideration, following the passing away of the author in 1961. No one has the right to impede the legitimate curiosity of subsequent generations concerning he who was the incandescent nexus of French literature of the Mid-Twentieth Century. After his demise in 1961, his widow, Lucette Almanzor, a dancer, banned any reprinting of the boo and sued in courts those who tried. She still does. We believe the motivation of the widow to be private and do not accept to have such a masterpiece removed from the knowledge of our time.

Readers, and citizen at large, have the choice to read and to know. Nobody can take this right away from them, from us.

Céline - Trifles for a massacre - Balder Ex-Libris
 
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Journey To The End Of The Night is a must read. Death On The Installment Plan is good as well, but it is a long winded book. I read both books while commuting on NYC subway in which case was a most appropriate setting. I read a lot of books that way but the Celine' books always got a positive yet unsolicited response from other travelers. They seemed compelled to let me know, that they know.
 
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«For U. S. readers, Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Journey to the End of the Night made strong reading, even in its greatly expurgated translation. But that violent and gory novel is a model of Puritan self-restraint compared with Céline's new, untranslated and probably untranslatable Trifles for a Massacre, current sensation of French literature, in which the novelist's genius for invective, hatred of modern civilization and fertility in cursing it have exploded in an anti-Semitic tirade calculated to end all anti-Semitic tirades, to make Nazis turn green with envy.

When Trifles for a Massacre was published, horrified Left critics who had praised Céline's Journey to the End of the Night damned him as a Fascist.

From the May 30, 1938 issue of TIME magazine


Louis Ferdinand Céline interview - Lectures pour tous - English subtitles

https://www.bitchute.com/video/SvpJUrEUva3E/

Louis Ferdinand Céline interview - Voyons un peu - English subtitles

https://www.bitchute.com/video/MigHKjy0FZ9c/

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