byBlaise CendrarsIntroduction byPaul La FargeTranslated byAlan Brown

August 31, 2004|
Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars
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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."
Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961) was the pseudonym of Frédéric Sauser, the Swiss son of a French Anabaptist father and a Scottish mother. As a young man he traveled widely, from St. Petersburg to New York and beyond, and these wanderings proved the inspiration of much of his later poetry and prose. Settled in Paris in 1912, Cendrars publish...
Title:MoravagineFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:256 pages, 7.95 X 5.14 X 0.54 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 7.95 X 5.14 X 0.54 inPublished:August 31, 2004Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1590170636

ISBN - 13:9781590170632

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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