Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Voyage au bout de la nuit [Journey to the End of the Night]

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  • Agnes Hafez-Ergaut

Words and their power: here is the essence of Céline’s Voyage au bout de la nuit. Between the first sentences of the novel: “Ça a débuté comme ça. Moi, j’avais jamais rien dit” [It started like that. I had never said anything before”] (Céline 1952, 15) and the last phrase “qu’on en parle plus” (632) [Let’s no longer talk about it], a tidal wave of words triggers the unfolding of the adventures of Ferdinand Bardamu through his voyage “on the other side of life”. These words are imprudently released by Arthur Ganate, Bardamu’s friend, who convinces him to voice his opinion and thus set in motion the seemingly …

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Hafez-Ergaut, Agnes. "Voyage au bout de la nuit". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 October 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=11555, accessed 07 July 2015.]

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