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At once truly appalling and appallingly funny Blaise Cendrars's Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch except that it's a lot entertaining to read 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 Released from. In the beginning was the rhythm and only eventually the rhythm gained corporealityBlaise Cendrars boldly bases his novel on the concept of Alfred Jarry s pataphysicsHysteria Freud had taken up the problem had gone into it amply profoundly had lifted it extracted it from its purely experimental and clinical domain to make of it a kind of pataphysics of social religious and artistic pathologyBlaise Cendrars doesn t write he literally crochets a morbidly pathological lace of maleficent wordsDiseases are We do not make or unmake them at will We are not their masters They make us they form us They may even have created us They belong to that state of activity which we call life They may be its main activityMoravagine is a uintessence of villainy he is an incarnation of mental pathology he becomes a metaphor of evil Evil is indestructible and sinister pataphysics reignsAnd what about metaphysics Metaphysics should be placed in the museum of folklore Reductio ad absurdum is a part of human nature

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Moravagine

A hospital for the criminally insane by his starstruck psychiatrist the narrator of the book who foresees a companionship in crime that will also be an unprecedented scientific collaboration Moravagine travels from Moscow to San Antonio to deepest ia engaged in schemes and scams as among other things terrorist speculato. Let s just say the title translates as both death TO and death BY vagina It s part pulp adventure tale part embodied manifesto whose main message is that madness and disease are the guiding forces on earth and all Greatest Dada Novel everThe early parts are a Rabelaisian misogynistic fever dream across Europe and into Russia where Moravagine a dadaist writ GIGANTIC spearheads a revolution But then after fleeing to the United States the narrative kind of settles down after the death of the vicious vagina and her foetus Moravagine becomes guiding spirit than main character and we get a proto magical realist real deal magical realist novel coursing through the Americas meeting larger than life swindlers Blue Indians and a dapper orangutan but all bedded in naturalistic detail and local arcanaThen back to Europe for the outbreak of WWI where Moravagine disappears then reappears totally bonkers thinking he s an inhabitant of Mars a claim not discounted by the narratorThough I ve never read B Traven this book and Cendrars himself for that matter reminds me of him Mystery man and self mythologizer Indiana Jones type adventurer and like one man compounded of a dozen men bewilderingly human composed of nothing but lan vital

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R gold prospector and pilot He also enjoys a busy sideline in rape and murder At last the two friends return to Europe just in time for World War I when the whole world was doing a MoravagineThis new edition of Cendrars's underground classic is the first in English to include the author's afterword How I Wrote Moravagine. Courageous absurdity Audacious luster Uneuivocal bloodlust Dragging existentialism across the muddied battlefields at the heart of man s inextinguishable conflagration this book bestows the chattering of the primal inescapably intertwined with the human spirit Nihilism rants from the gutters of humanity speaking that inexcusable uncomfortable unapologetic truth The mirror reflects a monstrosity but what else was there to view but man devouring its own flesh shitting out ideals only to fertilize the destruction that lay ravaged heaping with steaming germination Yes they rebuilt the milieu but with raw inconsolable exteriors Blood barely drying This book unveils the animosity that harkens from our core as if the duality dominated our path of discovery Cendrars is almost a victim Moravagine is almost a hero The reader is most assuredly an accomplice The story begs the uestion what is at the very base of man The traveling of the two characters makes for great conflict The adventures introduce many eccentric characters His descriptive style generates energy He invites you into the madness as an accomplice or as a hostage you are not sure whether to have fun or fear for your life This book seems like it is meant for heathens perhaps this is why I enjoy it so much Certain halves of man irreconcilable Cendrars writes as if he is if to suffocate the reader in madness the reader becomes a sadomasochist in the process torturing the reader with its suppression of oxygen almost on the point of death until he releases your submerged head finally allows you to breathe oh the air is so sweet when escaping from such a dreary womb The tale has extreme contours wild unforeseen twists of tone plot The variety is uite pleasing puts on full display the author s flexibility diverse tastes There is mention of the Idiot but what of the devil the butcher the mystic the subversive the baron the lecher the committed The endless sides to the psyche of Moravagine make him an extraordinary character The contrast between the two main characters only adds to the robust flavor of this recalling This exotic flower singed by the bomb sullied by the whore s lipstick impaled by the sounds of political nonsense It pushes wisdom deep into the nether regions of your mind like a lobotomy incision Compels you to leave your comfort to venture into the very pulse of a supreme virility A potency exists exclaims wails with fright sheer bliss The psychotic cackle of someone truly free from societies boundaries from law from conscience from judgment by god beast or man truly resonates A freedom that extinguishes itself with a fury It brings to mind what society found vulgar then what is found vulgar now what is deemed obscene It s an aborted fetus sprinkled with glitter Indeed whimsical carnage bedazzled with the jewels of elegant words A diamond covered in shit The book is littered with amazing uotes insight I especially appreciated reading about his hardships in writing finalizing the book It makes me feel less guilty about my hardships in the same manner The combination of all of this made it a very enjoyable read for me Cheers to the mad


10 thoughts on “Moravagine

  1. says:

    In the beginning was the rhythm and only eventually the rhythm gained corporealityBlaise Cendrars boldly bases his

  2. says:

    If you only read one book this year about a diminutive gimp who enjoys disemboweling women make it this one It will at least save you the bother of having to find another one And there's certainly no book uite like Blaise Cendrars' Moravagine a tonally irregular provocative artifact of the 1920s French avant garde But don't be scared off by the phrase 'French avant garde' and its omens of obfuscation and aesthetic prickliness Moravagine is

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    Book Circle Reads 17Rating 3 sickened stars of five The Publisher Says At once truly appalling and appallingly funny Blaise Cendrars's Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch—except that it's a lot entertaining to read 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 Released from a hospital for the criminal

  4. says:

    What to say about this I know it is highly rated as a modernist classic; and make no mistake it is very inventive with some fantastical scenes and stories Many reviews I have seen rave about it and compare it to

  5. says:

    Let's just say the title translates as both death TO and death BY vagina It's part pulp adventure tale part embodied manifesto whose main message is that madness and disease are the guiding forces on earth and all Greatest Dada Novel everThe early parts are a Rabelaisian misogynistic fever dream across Europe and into Russia where Moravagine a dadaist writ GIGANTIC spearheads a revolution But then after fleeing to the United State

  6. says:

    Blaise Cendrars is one of those characters that one can't believe that they actually exist His novel reads like a demented Sam Fuller film with a script by Luis Bunuel Well that how it reads to meNevertheless this early 20th Century classic is sort of the door that leads to the madness of that Century It's a feverish adventure tale that goes beyond reason into a form of madness And Cendrars was this one arm manic was o

  7. says:

    Courageous absurdity Audacious luster Uneuivocal bloodlust Dragging existentialism across the muddied battlefields at the heart of man’s inextinguishable conflagration this book bestows the chattering of the primal inescapably intertwined with the human spirit Nihilism rants from the gutters of humanity speaking that inexcusabl

  8. says:

    Moravagine is one huge masturbatory celebration Cendrars’ personal exorcism into born again apogee I think Cendrars woke up one morning and he decided he’d had enough of dichotomy duality and double structure With one fell swoop of the literary sword he cut himself in two separating out the unacceptable face of humani

  9. says:

    I couldn't decide whether to give this 3 stars or 4 stars not that anyone would care either way Cendrars seems to have hated this book having

  10. says:

    This seemed to me to be the right if not logical next book after just completing Fear A Novel of World War I Take the horrors of war and paint them allegorically in the form of a human monster I was promised it