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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Maybe we are meant to have a little of both. I ask for a fat sum. Released from a hospital for the criminally insane by hi 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.

May 18, Dan rated it liked it Shelves: The genres aren’t new to him – his novels Amnesia Moon and Motherless Brooklyn ventured into futuristic sci-fi and mystery, albeit taking routes into these genres that I hadn’t taken before – but it’s a different experience to get these flights of cendrarx and fear in seven short bursts.

In pro domo he wrote.

Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars

No, it’s not a question of your country, my German or French friend, or yours, whether you’re black or white or Papuan or a Borneo monkey. It is about a young psychiatrist when discovers a prisoner in an institution Moravagine who has various deformities who is there because he murdered his fiancee.

The meticulous preparation of the assassination, the place, the chosen date, the designation of our accomplices, the assignment of roles, our training programme, the necessary stimulants, the armament – into which Ro-Ro our leader, Ropschin had put all his will for power, all his love of risk, his energy, his tenacity, his mad temerity, his audacity, his decisiveness. Teenagers are very suggestible. There is mention of the Idiot, but what of the devil, the butcher, the mystic, the subversive, the baron, the lecher, the committed.


The bilious philosophy bubbling forth from the latter can be somewhat problematic in its over-generalization and sexism, but that may be partly because it can be difficult to extract Cendrars’ actual views from those of his protagonists.

There’s nothing horrifying about him. Petersburg to New York and beyond, and these wanderings proved the inspiration of much of his later poetry and prose. Or at least Moravagine does the dirty work at which his companion never ceases to be amazed and amused. But don’t be scared off by the phrase ‘French avant garde’ and its omens of obfuscation and aesthetic prickliness. Cenxrars all 3 comments. The closest this book comes to humour is when part of the organisation’s plan necessitates travelling by rail, each in a barrel of sauerkraut: Nov 04, Amy rated it liked it.

His third book, The Facts of Winter, was in January With many former and current booksellers in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature appearing irregularly. And I can see how Miller must have loved him and mpravagine so much from him Periodically during their travels Moravagine rapes and murders women no vivid descriptions, it is all very matter of fact and part of his condition and the female cendrwrs are treated abominably.

Moravagine, the man and the novel, are fabulous, disgusting, verbose, audacious and absolutely nuts. As a young man he traveled widely, from St.

In fact, it’s kind of boring. Sacco and Vanzetti Must Die by Mark Binelli recommended by Max I’m not sure I have much fortitude for the mini-genre that has been termed “ahistorical fantasia” coined by Matthew Sharpe author of Jamestownperhaps the most widely recognized example of the formbut I do know that Sacco and Vanzetti Must Dieis undoubtedly ahistorical fantasia and undoubtedly a thoroughly entertaining book.

What bothered me was the pacing. View all 5 comments. As a novel in verse, Count Julian is perhaps better read out loud.

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Staff Pick: Blaise Cendrars’ Moravagine

Oct 02, Amorfna rated it really liked it Shelves: It was hard for me to ignore the possibility that Ra To me, Moravagine lacks in credibility of both its main character s and its story. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In its ultimate revision, Cendrars says the book is definitely incomplete, as it was meant to moravagnie a preface to a “complete works of Moravagine” that are not there. Henry Miller, who has just written his first book in Paris.


But then, after fleeing to the United States, the narrative kind of settles down after the death of Let’s just say the title translates as both death TO and death BY vagina. He’s on the level and above board in his business dealings, he says. This is why a conqueror always wants to transform the face of the world into his image.

Moravagine – Blaise Cendrars – Google Books

This novel has one of those back-cover blurb singularities that just suck your ass into buying it because, hey, let’s be frank, who wouldn’t want to read a book about a mutant, a monster named Moravagine which could be translated as “death vagina” or “death to vagina” who cuts an insane swath of anarchy, murder, and sex across the world in the decade before Dubya Dubya One. At last, the two friends return to Europe—just in time for World War I, when “the whole world was doing a Moravagine.

He’s a daring fighter pilot. His novel reads like a demented Sam Fuller film with a script by Luis Bunuel. Bringing Cendrars to the attention of folks unfamiliar with. Review quote “Rip-roaring fiction and imaginative adventuring on all planes of experience. No it’s not a question of your country, by German or French friend, or yours, whether you’re black or white or Papuan or a Borneo monkey.