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Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961)

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Blaise Cendrars was born Frédéric-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 vis mere 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. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
Image credit: Blaise Cendrars, ca. 1907


Værker af Blaise Cendrars

Moravagine (1926) 737 eksemplarer
To the End of the World (1956) 135 eksemplarer
Complete Poems (1992) 94 eksemplarer
Lice (1946) 93 eksemplarer
Planus (1948) 93 eksemplarer
Dan Yack (1927) 88 eksemplarer
Rhum (1930) 72 eksemplarer
Sky: Memoirs (1949) — Forfatter — 69 eksemplarer
Du monde entier (1978) 53 eksemplarer
Hollywood: Mecca of the Movies (1936) 44 eksemplarer
Petits contes nègres pour les enfants des blancs (1929) — Forfatter — 38 eksemplarer
At the Heart of the World (1993) 22 eksemplarer
Histoires vraies (1938) 19 eksemplarer
The African Saga (1947) 17 eksemplarer
Le Brésil : Des hommes sont venus (1952) 12 eksemplarer
La vie dangereuse (1938) 11 eksemplarer
Selected poems (1979) 10 eksemplarer
La Banlieue de Paris (1983) 9 eksemplarer
D'oultremer a indigo (1939) 9 eksemplarer
Rapsodie gitane (1945) 7 eksemplarer
Blaise Cendrars (1948) 6 eksemplarer
Cendrars 5 eksemplarer
J'ai tué, suivi de j'ai saigné (2015) 5 eksemplarer
Madame Thérèse : Roman (1989) 5 eksemplarer
Blaise Cendrars Speaks... (1999) 4 eksemplarer
La Légende de Novgorode (1997) 4 eksemplarer
Ik heb gedood (2016) 4 eksemplarer
Boubou, c'est chic (2000) — Forfatter — 4 eksemplarer
Lettres 1920-1959 (2013) 4 eksemplarer
J'ai saigné (2009) 4 eksemplarer
Tuskan pääkaupungit (2002) — Forfatter — 4 eksemplarer
Yolculuk Notlari (2011) 3 eksemplarer
Le Vol à voile (1998) 3 eksemplarer
I Have No Regrets: The Strange Life of a Diplomat-Vagrant (1932) — Redaktør — 2 eksemplarer
Petits Contes nègres pour les enfants des blancs (1929) — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Co jak co (2003) 2 eksemplarer
Antarctic Fugue (1948) 2 eksemplarer
Oeuvres complètes, tome 2 (1985) 2 eksemplarer
Shadow (1983) 2 eksemplarer
Ostrva i kontinenti 2 eksemplarer
Entretiens avec Blaise Cendrars (2013) 2 eksemplarer
Folhas de Viagem 2 eksemplarer
Húsvét New Yorkban 2 eksemplarer
Ostern in New York 1 eksemplar
Profond aujourd'hui 1 eksemplar
Il raggio verde (2011) 1 eksemplar
Trop c'est trop 1 eksemplar
Poesia em Viagem 1 eksemplar
Fora da lei!... 1 eksemplar
Dan Yack I 1 eksemplar
Poezje 1 eksemplar
Les armoires chinoises (2001) 1 eksemplar
Pasen in New York 1 eksemplar
Feu le lieutenant Bringolf (1930) 1 eksemplar
L'oiseau bleu (2001) 1 eksemplar
Nouveaux contes nègres (2006) 1 eksemplar
Dan Yack II 1 eksemplar
& etecéteras 2 1 eksemplar
PANORAMA DEL HAMPA (2019) 1 eksemplar
Inédits secrets 1 eksemplar
J'ai tué (2013) 1 eksemplar
Autour de la roue 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (1996) — Bidragyder — 818 eksemplarer
Writers at Work 03 (1967) — Interviewee — 139 eksemplarer
The Penguin book of Russian poetry (2015) — Bidragyder — 88 eksemplarer
Stroker anthology, 1974-1994 (1994) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer

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Fun, wild, fascinating book with a worthwhile Forward that discloses some history and context to this 1926 novel. As an example, the name of the author is not really the author's name. This is well worth your time.
RickGeissal | 13 andre anmeldelser | Aug 16, 2023 |
Sometimes you read a book that clearly has a little of everyone you’ve ever read before. This work easily brushes shoulders with the likes of Miller, Gide, Angela Carter, Bataille and James Hogg. Another great transgressive travel novel.
theoaustin | 13 andre anmeldelser | May 19, 2023 |
Esta novela es, a la vez que un vivo retrato de los Estados Unidos en formación, de la América de los pioneros -tierra virgen y apenas civilizada, plena de oportunidades para hombres audaces y con iniciativa-, el relato de una historia verídica que, en efecto, sólo pudo darse en ese tiempo y lugar concretos. Centrada en la existencia de Johann August Suter, emigrante suizo al Nuevo Mundo, El Oro narra la pintoresca peripecia del hombre sobre cuyas tierras se precipitó la avalancha desatada en California a partir de 1848 por la primera "fiebre del oro" y que paradójicamente lo llevó a él a la ruina.… (mere)
Natt90 | 7 andre anmeldelser | Jul 18, 2022 |
Reading Moravagine, I was immediately reminded of Voltaire's [Candide]. However Moravagine is much much darker and if you read it with all the apparent seriousness in which it is written, not funny at all.

Blaise Cendrars was a Swiss naturalised French citizen; a poet and novelist who was influential in the European modernist movement. Moravagine was originally published in 1926, but republished in 1956 with an explanation by the author on how and perhaps why he wrote the novel. It is a dark ride through the human (male) psyche. Warning misogyne is rife.

The narrator is Raymond la Science who as a young man of medical science sees an opportunity to release the madman and murderer Moravagine from an asylum in order to carry out further study. Moravagine is a very rich, last in line member of a noble family. He shows early signs of instability and is kept secured on a large estate. As a young boy he is betrothed to Rita, but is only allowed to see her once a year. When she arrives as a late adolescent woman, Moravagine murders her and he spends ten years locked away in a small cell, He keeps some sanity by focusing on his situation. Released by Raymond they move to London, but have to leave after Moravagine commits a number of brutal murders on women. Thy travel to Russia where Moravagine and Raymond become involved with the revolutionaries in 1907. Moravagine with his fortune and his ability to organise others, soon becomes a leader of the abortive 1907 coup in June. They are forced to flee and take ship to America, On the ship they befriend an Orang-u-tang (yes it starts to enter a world slightly touched by magic realism). Travels in America lead them to adventures on the frontier and needing to escape again they end up stranded on the Amazon river, where Morvagine becomes a god-like figure to a primitive tribe of Indians. They finally make it back to Paris where Moravagine becomes a pilot in the first world war.

It is a book on which I have hardly formed much of an opinion. As an exercise in modernist literature it can be admired, but there were only two parts that really grabbed my attention. The first was Moravagine's method of keeping his sanity while being locked up for years and the second was Raymond's experience with the Amazon tribe where he is a virtual prisoner in conditions where most Europeans would find it difficult to survive. The dream like states that both characters achieve pointed to a consideration as whether Moragavine was just the darker side of Raymond. It is a book that might benefit from a second reading, but I am not sure I can be bothered and so three stars.
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baswood | 13 andre anmeldelser | Mar 15, 2022 |



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