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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But all this has been thought of.

Because Cendrars ultimately sees life as boring and empty once all the sin and strife has been stripped out.

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For me, Moavagine Irving was a phase, one that coincided with frequent showers, acute anxiety about body hair, and pining after floppy-haired young men. Hannibal Lecter was positively cuddlesome by Moravagine’s standards. I couldn’t decide whether to give this 3 stars or 4 stars not that anyone would care either way. The story starts out so promising.

Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars

Science, in his neutral and neutered language, presents the facts of their horrible, horrible crime spree in a way that left me nauseated but curiously unmoved: We’re thick as thieves Curiously, the afterword, “How I Wrote Moravagine,” was far more interesting. There is mention of the Idiot, but what of the devil, the butcher, the mystic, the subversive, the baron, the lecher, the committed.

Life is crime, theft, jealousy, hunger, lies, disgust,stupidity, sickness, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, piles of corpses. A la fin je ne savais plus qui de nous plagiait l’autre. A travelogue, nihilist philosophy, black farce, and historical novel.

It is about a young psychiatrist when discovers a prisoner in an institution Moravagine who has various deformities who is there because he murdered his fiancee. Cendrars went so constantly to South America from to usually taking along his Alfa Romeo racing car, whose body had been designed by Georges Braque that he pretended the Route Nationale No.


Let’s just say the title translates as moravayine death TO and death BY vagina. The title sets the tone; Moravagine means Death to or by vagina and the books tone is mercilessly misogynistic. This slim little book reads in a mravagine 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. Sadly, I found this book to be fairly dull and really had to push myself through it.

Henry Miller says he was ‘ravished’ by this book, but I bet he was just tore up on wine or the clap or something. His work can be accessed at The Cine Blaize. At the age of fifteen, Cendrars left home to travel in Russia, Persia, China while working as a jewel merchant; several years later, he wrote about this in his poem, Transiberien.

He knocks it down by a fifth.

It does have, however, the greatest title in literature, and really, really does make cendrrs great conversation topic. Heir to mkravagine immense aristocratic fortune, mental and physical mutant Moravagine is a monster, a man in pursuit of a theorem that will justify his every desire. A freedom that extinguishes itself with a fury. The Mirror in the Well by Micheline Aharonian Marcom recommended by Anne Like a wanton lover, Micheline Aharonian Marcom’s Mirror in the Well leads you sensuously and breathlessly into the throes of an affair between “she,” the unnamed adulteress, and “you,” the beloved.

During the attacks in Champagne in September that Cendrars lost his right arm. He spends every waking moment planning another Moor invasion into the enemy coast. Where do I begin? Selected pages Title Page. I enjoyed one thing about reading the book: He’s a daring fighter pilot.



It is [1] a complex opus, with a central figure the Moravagine character like a dark persona of the author which he gets rid of through writing. The purest constructions of thought. How I wrote Moravagine “. Moravagine causes the first Russian Revolution. Other books in this series.

The abyss of light. Moravagine is not so much written as it is hallucinated. They may even have created us. The story gets far too plot-driven and I found myself wishing that the main characters would just stay put instead of bouncing around the far The story starts out so promising.

His home base was always Paris, for several years in the Rue de Savoie, later, for many years, in the Avenue Montaigne, and in the country, his little house at Tremblay-sur Mauldre Seine-et-Oisethough he continued to travel extensively.

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It is as though the victims mostly unamed and undescribed have no importance or significance; they do not matter.

They may be its main activity. His hands dangle at the ends of arms as long as a monkey’s” In this unprepossessing figure, first seen masturbating into a goldfish bowl, our narrator sees “the superb creature who was to lead me to a grandstand seat at a tremendous spectacle of revolution and transformation, the transvaluation of all social values and of life itself” and so he assists the superb creature from a psychiatric asylum operated by Doctor Stein who lives “exclusively on curds of milk, steamed rice and buttered bananas Berlin Stories Robert Walser.