"CÉLINE WRITES LIKE A LUNGING LIVE WIRE, CRACKLING AND WAYWARD, FULL OF HIDDEN DANGER" (ALFRED KAZIN)
CELINE, Louis-Ferdinand. Death on the Installment Plan. (New York): New Directions, (1966). Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $450.
First edition, advance review copy, of Ralph Manheim's preferred English translation of Céline's controversial novel.
"Céline (real name Destouches) was wounded and trepanned, afterwards becoming a naval doctor who traveled widely… [his writings] had an immediate influence on Henry Miller (Tropic of Cancer, 1934), George Orwell (Down and Out in Paris and London, 1935), and finally Henry Green" (Connolly). "A major innovator of 20th-century French literature" (Encyclopedia of Literature). "Ralph Manheim's new translation is, by far, superior to any previous translations of Céline's works and manages to capture the essential 'music' of his style" (Erika Ostrovsky, NYU). Advance review copy, with New Directions' printed review slip and separate publicity sheet laid in. First published in French as Mort à crédit in 1936; first translated into English by British journalist and translator John H.P. Marks in 1938. See Connolly, The Modern Movement 74.
Book about-fine, dust jacket with minuscule rubs to spine ends, bright, clean and near-fine. A lovely advance review copy of the preferred translation.