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Open Access The Death of Compassion in Louis-Ferdinand Céline's Voyage au bout de la nuit

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Voyage au bout de la nuit is Céline's response to the trauma of the Great War. The theme of the death of compassion is part of this response. This paper examines this theme, relating it to Céline's experience of war before showing how he manipulates it to place the war beyond redemption and to contradict Enlightenment optimism. This theme is accompanied in Voyage by a struggle to reconnect with a basic humanity and to transcend 'le mal-être'.
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Keywords: COMPASSION; GREAT WAR; LE MAL-ÊTRE; LOUIS-FERDINAND CÉ; VOYAGE AU BOUT DE LA NUIT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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  • The Irish Journal of French Studies is an annual international refereed journal published by the Association des Études Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande. Articles in English, French or Irish are welcomed on any aspect of research in the area of French and Francophone culture, society, literature and thought. Articles published within the last two years are available free online to members and may be purchased by non-members. All other articles are available on an open access basis.

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