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Moravagine : New York Review Books Classics - Blaise Cendrars


New York Review Books Classics

Paperback Published: 30th September 2004
ISBN: 9781590170632
Number Of Pages: 256

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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."

Industry Reviews

"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
Internshipp. 15
An international sanitoriump. 20
Case histories and filesp. 25
Life of Moravagine, an idiot
His origins - his childhoodp. 31
His escapep. 44
Our disguisesp. 46
Arrival in Berlinp. 47
His educationp. 49
Jack the Ripperp. 56
Arrival in Russiap. 59
Maschap. 64
Crossing the Atlanticp. 123
Our rambles in Americap. 127
The blue Indiansp. 136
Back to Parisp. 171
Aviationp. 175
The warp. 183
Sainte Marguerite Islandp. 185
Morphinep. 188
The planet Marsp. 192
The iron maskp. 193
Moravagine's manuscripts
The year 2013p. 200
The end of the worldp. 201
The only word in the Martian languagep. 202
An unpublished page from Moravagine's MSS, his signature, his portraitp. 203
Epitaphp. 207
How I wrote Moravagine (found documents)p. 211
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ISBN: 9781590170632
ISBN-10: 1590170636
Series: New York Review Books Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1