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Fable for Another Time

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Fable for Another Time is one of the most significant and far-reaching literary texts of postwar France. Composed in the tumultuous aftermath of World War II, largely in the Danish prison cell where the author was awaiting extradition to France on charges of high treason, the book offers a unique perspective on the war, the postwar political purges in France, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline's own dissident politics.

The tale of a man imprisoned and reviled by his own countrymen, the Fable follows its character's decline from virulent hatred to near madness as a result of his violent frustration with the hypocrisy and banality of his fellow human beings. In part because of the story's clear link to his own case - and because of the legal and political difficulties this presented - Céline was compelled to push his famously elliptical, brilliantly vitriolic language to new and extraordinary extremes in Fable for Another Time. The resulting linguistic and stylistic innovation make this work stand out as one of the most original and revealing literary undertakings of its time.


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Hardback Editions

March 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: Fable for Another Time (French Modernist Library)
Author(s): Louis-Ferdinand Celine
ISBN: 0-8032-1520-7 / 978-0-8032-1520-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
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Paperback Editions

April 2003 : USA Paperback

Title: Fable for Another Time (French Modernist Library)
Author(s): Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Mary Hudson
ISBN: 0-8032-6424-0 / 978-0-8032-6424-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bison Books
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