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Guignol's Band [NOOK Book]

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Cuando, tras el armisticio, Céline dio a la imprenta su tercera novela, Guignol's band (1944), solo había terminado la primera parte de un proyecto que veinte años más tarde, y muerto ya su autor, se vería completado con la publicación de la segunda parte, titulada El puente de Londres (1964). En este volumen el lector encontrará las dos partes de lo que siempre fue una sola obra, fracturada por el encarcelamiento de Céline.

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Overview

Cuando, tras el armisticio, Céline dio a la imprenta su tercera novela, Guignol's band (1944), solo había terminado la primera parte de un proyecto que veinte años más tarde, y muerto ya su autor, se vería completado con la publicación de la segunda parte, titulada El puente de Londres (1964). En este volumen el lector encontrará las dos partes de lo que siempre fue una sola obra, fracturada por el encarcelamiento de Céline.

La influencia en su escritura de los panfletos que causaron su exilio se acusa en el estilo de esta novela que transcurre en Londres, entre 1915 y 1916. El protagonista, el seudoautobiográfico Ferdinand, se mueve a través del grotesco inframundo londinense. En este angustioso escenario, plagado de proxenetas, prostitutas, prestamistas y adivinos, policías y pirómanos, la ilusión de vivir se halla desnuda ante la disolución social y psicológica de aquellos que ya no albergan ninguna esperanza.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788426421616
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España
  • Publication date: 11/15/2012
  • Language: Spanish
  • Sold by: RANDOM HOUSE MONDADORI
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 800
  • File size: 872 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2000

    The chief misanthropist of the modern times has the word

    Celine is a tough guy to understand. However, with proper insight in Celine's personal life, one will find clues to his writing, which is always partly autobiographical. Guignol's Band unfolds at the time of the first world war in London's underworld, city spared by the ravages of war and among others, a refuge for dubious elements and men fleeing from their past. My thought right from the start was that Guignol's Band is not one of Celine's greatest hits. The truncated phrases, specific to Celine, don't make things easier but nevertheless this novel offers certain elements that capture attention. If this is the first Celine novel you read, prepare to be provoked, maybe loathed. Celine mingles with the scum of the earth; thugs, pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers, and criminals and he seems to understand them. He's not very high on the social scale himself but Celine is not an ignorant. His insight in a corrupt and decomposing society is paradoxical with the world he finds himself living in. Nevertheless, he manages somehow to distance himself and is able of a clear introspection and mordant criticism of the greatest follies of them all: war. Celine empties his bag of revulsion, frustration and disappointment at a world that is far less than perfect. His disgust just oozes through all the pores, infecting, choking, shocking. Is he just describing what he sees or is everything an expression of his profound hatred, and acute cynicism stemming from his own truly miserable childhood and adult failures? If you really wish to read a representative work by Celine, try 'Journey to the End of the Night' and 'Death on the Installment Plan'. After reading that, you'll surely be able to see Guignol's Band in a different light, maybe better.

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