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. Heir to an immense aristocratic fortune, mental and physical mutant Moravagine is a monster, a man in pursuit of a theorem that will justify his every desire. Released from a hospital for the criminally insane by his starstruck psychiatrist (the narrator of the book), who foresees a companionship in crime that will also be an unprecedented scientific collaboration, Moravagine travels from Moscow to San Antonio to deepest Amazonia, engaged in schemes and scams as, among other things, terrorist, speculator, gold prospector, and pilot. He also enjoys a busy sideline in rape and murder. At last, the two friends return to Europe—just in time for World War I, when "the whole world was doing a Moravagine."
This new edition of Cendrars's underground classic is the first in English to include the author's afterword, "How I Wrote Moravagine."
"Rip-roaring fiction and imaginative adventuring on all planes of experience."
-- Times Literary Supplement
"Moravagine seeks damnation and extinction with a glee unequaled in literature. The only parallels that come to mind are C line and Beckett."
-- Sven Birkerts, New Boston Review
"An unbridled picaresque fantasy...full of tenderness, horror, and ink-black jokes of a visual intensity that recall Goya."
-- Financial Times
"Savage, funny, wildly inventive."
-- John Lehmann, Sunday Telegraph
|The spirit of an age|
|An international sanitorium||p. 20|
|Case histories and files||p. 25|
|Life of Moravagine, an idiot|
|His origins - his childhood||p. 31|
|His escape||p. 44|
|Our disguises||p. 46|
|Arrival in Berlin||p. 47|
|His education||p. 49|
|Jack the Ripper||p. 56|
|Arrival in Russia||p. 59|
|Crossing the Atlantic||p. 123|
|Our rambles in America||p. 127|
|The blue Indians||p. 136|
|Back to Paris||p. 171|
|The war||p. 183|
|Sainte Marguerite Island||p. 185|
|The planet Mars||p. 192|
|The iron mask||p. 193|
|The year 2013||p. 200|
|The end of the world||p. 201|
|The only word in the Martian language||p. 202|
|An unpublished page from Moravagine's MSS, his signature, his portrait||p. 203|
|How I wrote Moravagine (found documents)||p. 211|
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Series: New York Review Books Classics
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th September 2004
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.2
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1