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Moravagine - Blaise Cendrars, Alan Brown, Paul La Farge
Moravagine
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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... show more
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."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590170632 (1590170636)
ASIN: 1590170636
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
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AC
AC rated it
I couldn't decide whether to give this 3 stars or 4 stars (not that anyone would care either way). Cendrars seems to have hated this book..., having begun it in 1917, he was still trying to finish it as he crossed the Equator on a boat to Rio in 1924. He simply couldn't stand the "turgid, pretenti...
SJane
SJane rated it
I would have liked to like this book.I would have loved to like this book.I would have appreciated something more than the tedium I felt in the face of its forced exuberance.I much enjoy Cendrars's poetry, and think I shall be sticking to that in the future.
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it
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Book Circle Reads 17Rating: 3 sickened stars of five The Book Description: 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 muta...
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