ISBN-10: 1590170636

ISBN-13: 9781590170632

Edition: 2004

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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."
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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 8/31/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902

Blaise Cendrars was born Fr�d�ric-Louis Sauser in Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland on September 1, 1887. He left school in 1904 to work as an apprentice to a clockmaker in St. Petersburg. While fighting for the French in World War I, he lost his right arm, but taught himself to type left-handed. He wrote novels, poems, plays, and short stories. His first novel, L'Or, which focused on the California gold rush, was eventually made into the American movie Sutter's Gold. His other works include Christmas at the Four Corners of the Earth, Rhum, Lice, and the long poem Easter in New York. He chronicled his experiences in Hollywood in articles for Paris-Soir, which was published as a book, Hollywood: Mecca of the Movies, in 1995. He was considered a prime catalyst of the modernist movement and received the Prix Litteraire de la Ville de Paris. He died on January 21, 1961 at the age of 74.

Alan Brown is a former member of the Scottish National Orchestra. He now works as a freelance musician, with several leading UK orchestras, and as a consultant in music and IT. Alan has had several compositions published, developed a set of music theory CD-Roms, co-written a series of Bass Guitar Examination Handbooks and worked on over 100 further titles.

The spirit of an age
An international sanitorium
Case histories and files
Life of Moravagine, an idiot
His origins - his childhood
His escape
Our disguises
Arrival in Berlin
His education
Jack the Ripper
Arrival in Russia
Crossing the Atlantic
Our rambles in America
The blue Indians
Back to Paris
The war
Sainte Marguerite Island
The planet Mars
The iron mask
Moravagine's manuscripts
The year 2013
The end of the world
The only word in the Martian language
An unpublished page from Moravagine's MSS, his signature, his portrait
How I wrote Moravagine (found documents)
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