Posted on May 5, 2022 at 9:55 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Normally, a long-lost manuscript's publication is cause for straightforward excitement.
In the case of one book being published today in France, though, the reactions are a bit more nuanced.
Louis-Ferdinand Céline — an unabashed anti-Semite and accused Nazi collaborator — believed, at the time of his death, that the French resistance had burned his manuscripts.
Some of those papers, however, have turned up more recently, and one of them is officially published.
Guerre describes Céline's time in World War I, and Literary Hub reports that the French literary establishment has already praised it effusively.
Why are critics so excited about someone whose personal reputation is so tarnished? Lit Hub takes a stab at explaining and understanding it.
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