Cannon Fodder. Louis Ferdinand Celine.

by Zoot Rollo

July 18, 2021

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Cannon-Fodder is an unfinished novel by the French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline. The largely autobiographical narrative is set before World War II, and roughly continues where Céline’s 1936 novel Death on Credit ended. Much of the novel disappeared in 1944. Surviving fragments have been published from 1948 and onward, the main part in book form in 1949.[1] quoted from Wikipedia.


My copy is the first English Edition published in 1988. Celine’s apartment was looted by French patriots upon the liberation of Paris and parts of the novel may have been lost at that time.

There was a time when I consumed his novels. When you are young you can absorb so much…but the bleakness of Celine’s world is too much for me these days.

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Chapter 32 Vital’s Humane Trap

I didn’t have any technology except my practical way of doing things. So I told them by pulling on the spring. If it is hard to pull it means that it would hit harder and that’s how I do it.

Bastille Day. 1789. Today.

Bastille stormed by Paris mob. On this day n 1789, a mob advanced on the Bastille, the crowd captured the prison, an act that symbolized the end of the regime of Louis XVI