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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Blaiwe, a young psychoanalyst, rescues the abominable in thought, and word, and deed, and indeed, physique Moragavine from an insane asylum, and the two of them go on a world wide rampage of anarchy and murder: The prose in A Mercy blew me away, it was so strange and beautiful. Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. At one point, he admits that he lacks the language to denounce his own origins: If you enjoy experimentation in the books that you read you will like Cendrars memorable reflections on the meaninglessness of fictional existence.

In a word, miraculous. I’m not sure I would recommend this.

Staff Pick: Blaise Cendrars’ Moravagine – The Millions

He must have been quite a character and a charming rogue, Cendrars. Petersburg to New York and beyond, and these wanderings proved the inspiration of much of his later poetry and prose.

View all 3 comments. These are thick books, strongly built, full of solid documentation, sometimes a little too heavy but nearly always fresh, thus never tedious, all the less so in that the old seaman even searches out reproductions of illustrated postcards and photos of joyous ports of call of his youth, and he recounts things as they happened: His forehead is low.


And, as with Celine, whatever my reservations, when he’s spot on, he’s absolutely spot on: To bi bilo to ukratko. It doesn’t ay to be ‘too good’.

The author may have been writing his narrative in reaction to his own experience of the senselessness of the Great War where he lost his right arm. Moravagine is fifteen and in love – “Everything around me became a voice, an articulation, an incantation, a tumescence.

A prolific poet, Cendrars was also an exceptional novelist, the author of MoravagineGoldRhumand The Confessions of Dan Yackamong many other books. The story starts out so promising. Cendraes you have an idea?

The walls are struck down, there is a beating of wings. The problem may, of course, rather be that I don’t understand Surrealism.

Moravagine – Blaise Cendrars – Google Books

Science, Cendrars’ reflections on writing the book. At once truly appalling and appallingly funny, Blaise Cendrars’s Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch —except that it’s a lot more entertaining to read. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. He also enjoys a busy sideline in rape and murder. Our souls were laid waste.

In fact, the very good book The Rings of Saturn is basically one big digression. It’s an aborted fetus sprinkled with glitter. He too conquers passion, but by keeping his distance instead of killing, by maligning women, in order to remain in control and aloof.


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Certain halves of man irreconcilable. The author appears to have no opinion on this aspect of his character. It is as though the victims mostly unamed and undescribed have no importance or significance; they do not matter. La misoginia de los protagonistas es de traca.

Just like the nature of exile itself, the narrative offers no relief, no place of rest: There is still much to be unearthed in the novel. The words of our protagonist, Moravagine, anarchist and murderer, whose name translates as either “death by vagina” or “death to vagina”, and whose madness and objectifications are cfndrars beginning.

Zama Antonio Di Benedetto. He calls me ‘tu’. May 18, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: The abyss of light.

This seemed to me to be the right if not logical next book after just completing Fear: Well, that how it reads to me! To make themselves sound interesting, and they exaggerate.