Blaise Cendrars’ Moravagine assaults from the outset. Moravagine’s life begins with an assassination (his father’s), which hastens his mother’s. At once truly appalling and appallingly funny, Blaise Cendrars’s Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch—except that it’s a lot more. It’s not all cold-blooded murder and nihilistic despair. After all, this is a comic adventure, even if the comedy often reeks with the stink of death.

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morzvagine He spent his first hundred days in an incubator—a prosthetic womb of sorts—and retains no memory of human affection from his early youth. He calls me ‘tu’. They can be shut from the inside by a lever which is within reach of the hand. Ovo nije knjiga za svakoga, nikako. No, it’s not a That finished, I had enough on my back. Hulka once said, “I got a helluva sense of humor. Stand alone against them all young man, kill, vendrars, you are unique, you are the only man alive, kill until the others cut you short with the guillotine or the cord or the rope, with or without ceremony, in the name of the Community or the King.

Zama Antonio Di Benedetto. I was promised it would be “At once appalling and appallingly funny I am the one who makes you real; let us embrace” – etc. That is a structure I would compare with Nabokov’s Pale Fire with its disparate sections of memoir, notes from the author, and other non-traditional bits of text, although the prose is nothing like Nabokov.


When the lever is locked the barrel is hermetically closed. This contrast contributes to the peculiar feelings some readers have when reading the novel. So nothing was swept under the rug. View all 5 comments. This is a roman a clef.

Staff Pick: Blaise Cendrars’ Moravagine

Description 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.

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You need not look further than the way the doctor characterizes mogavagine Quoting a bit of Longfellow that Ludwig Blakse considered a personal motto: This slim little book reads in a flash like Candide transporting the reader from one point to another on the planet and from dogma to another in which the only constant is the protagonist’s sexual fetish for murder.

Cendrars seems to have been a man of excesses — and yet capable of guilt. He must have been quite a character and a charming rogue, Cendrars. View all 13 comments. The novel starts out apparently as a discourse on madness and disease, delivered by an iconoclastic young psychiatrist, who decides to release the criminally aberrant Moravagine from his confinement and accompany him on various escapades, including a stint in Russian terrorism, a quest for mythic treasure in the American Southwest, a delirious ride down the Amazon, and an apprenticeship with a drunken inventor.

Actually it is just unpleasant and pointless. La femme est sous le signe de la lune, ce reflet, cet astre mort, et c’est pourquoi plus la femme enfante, plus elle engendre la mort. Cendrars was a formidable intellect as well as a formidable author. Read it if you have a taste for the noxious and macabre. At one point, he admits that he lacks the language to denounce his own origins: Petersburg to New Cendars and beyond, and these wanderings proved the inspiration of much of his later poetry and prose.


He was in Paris beforewhere he met Guillaume Apollinaire, leader of the tumultuous avant-garde world of arts and letters at that time. Sadly, I found this book to be fairly dull and really had to push myself through it.

With many former and current booksellers in our ranks, we offer our own “Staff Picks” in a feature blwise irregularly. Teenagers are very suggestible. It is Monsieur castigating his style. Moments that are as ferocious and incandescent as any I’ve read.

Moravagine – Blaise Cendrars – Google Books

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. He doesn’t do much out of the ordinary.

Also, I must say this: The shameful thing is to kill in masses, at a predetermined hour on a predetermined day, in honour of certain principles, under cover of a flag, with old men nodding approval, to kill in a disinterested or passive way.

All writers complain of the constraint under which they work and of the difficulty of writing. Contents Case Histories and Files.