"THERE'S NO TYRANT LIKE A BRAIN": FIRST AMERICAN EDITION OF CÉLINE'S DEBUT NOVEL
CELINE, Louis-Ferdinand. Journey to the End of the Night. Boston: Little, Brown, 1934. Octavo, original black cloth, original dust jacket. $5500.
First American edition, first printing, of Céline's first novel, a semi-autobiographical masterpiece.
Widely acknowledged as a masterpiece, Céline's semi-autobiographical novel traces one man's life, from the First World War to colonial Africa and from the United States to Paris' banlieues. Cynical and witty, Journey to the End of the Night was a smash hit from its initial publication. Céline's straightforward style distinguished him from other modern French writers. "Boosted by his antiwar spleen and snarling at authority, Céline pulls off the trick of being Henry Miller, John Steinbeck and James Joyce all at the same time" (The Guardian). Nearly a century later, Journey to the End of the Night remains one of the best examples of dark humor in 20th-century literature. First published in French in 1932. The very scarce first edition in English was published the same year in Britain by Chatto & Windus (using Marks' translation).
Book about-fine, dust jacket with a bit of wear and toning mainly to extremities. A near-fine copy, most uncommon in collectable condition.