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Old December 31st, 2017 #1
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Céline and his anti-Semitic pamphlets


Gallimard's decision to republish ' Bagatelles pour un massacre ', a virulent text of 1937, resurrects an ancient controversy. The widow of the hated and admired writer authorizes the publication

The most cursed book of cursed French writer of twentieth century will soon be in bookstores, within reach of any reader. The publisher Gallimard plans to publish in 2018 Bagatelles pour un massacre (trifles for a massacre), virulent anti-Semitic pamphlet of Louis-Ferdinand Céline written in 1937, reissued under occupation Nazi and never more published, by order of author and, after its Death in 1961, of its widow, Lucette Destouches. The announcement that widow, aged 105, allowed her reissue in Gallimard along with or texts of time has provoked from requests for censure until a warning from French government to publisher.

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Old January 10th, 2018 #2
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Debate in France around publishing anti-Semitic essays by famed novelist : Jewish community condemns publishing house’s plan

France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe came out in favor of the planned publication of anti-Semitic pamphlets written by French novelist Louis-Ferdinand Celine, despite fierce objections from the country’s Jewish community. Three racist 1930s texts by Celine "Trifles for a Massacre" ("Bagatelles pour un Massacre"), "School for Corpses" ("L'ecole des Cadavres") and "A Fine Mess" ("Les Beaux draps"), are set to appear in a volume titled ‘Polemical Writings’ by leading French publishing house Gallimard in May, sparking angry calls for the book to be banned.

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Old January 11th, 2018 #3
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French publishing house suspends printing of Celine’s anti-Semitic essays

A French publishing house that had resisted calls to drop publication of a famous author’s anti-Semitic screeds announced that it suspended the project.

Editions Gallimard announced Thursday the suspension of its plan to publish three Holocaust-era essays by the author Louis-Ferdinand Destouches, also known as Celine, the French news agency Agence France-Presse reported.

“The methodological and commemorative conditions were not met to complete the project satisfactorily,” Antoine Gallimard, the president of the prestigious publishing house, told AFP.

https://www.jta.org/2018/01/11/news-...semitic-essays
 
Old March 4th, 2018 #5
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French publisher determined to reprint Celine's anti-Semitic tracts

The head of France's most prestigious publishing house said Sunday he still wanted to reprint a collection of violently anti-Semitic pamphlets by Louis-Ferdinand Celine.

Antoine Gallimard declared that he had "not renounced" plans to publish a 1,000-page compendium of the controversial novelist's essays from the late 1930s after an outcry forced him to put the project on ice in January.

"I have suspended the project, but I have not renounced it," he told the Journal du dimanche (JDD) newspaper.

"The reason for the suspension was simple: you cannot build anything worthwhile when a fire is raging. You cannot make yourself heard in a boiling amphitheatre," he added, referring to heated debate over the texts.

France's main Jewish group said the essays, including some written after the start of the German occupation of France, were a "gross incitation to racist and anti-Semitic hate".

http://en.rfi.fr/france/20180304-fre...semitic-tracts
 
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Widow of French writer Celine sells their home to pay debts

1st August 2018

The 106-year-old widow of French novelist Louis-Ferdinand Celine has sold their home in the Paris suburbs, her lawyer told AFP on Wednesday, reportedly to pay her debts.

Lucette Destouches has lived at the house in Meudon, southwest of the capital, since she and her husband moved there in 1951, according to French weekly Le Point, which revealed the sale.

The magazine said she owed back taxes as well as payroll charges for the three people who help look after her, which meant she was no longer receiving a pension.

Francois Gibault, a lawyer and biographer of Celine, said that under the terms of the sale Destouches retained the right to live in the home until her death.

Celine, best known for his 1932 novel "Voyage au Bout de la Nuit" ("Journey to the End of the Night"), is considered one of France's most prominent modern novelists, but also one of its most controversial.

Fiercely anti-Semitic, Celine fled France after the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944 and was later convicted in his absence of collaborating with the Nazis.

Earlier this year the prestigious French publishing house Gallimard suspended plans to reprint three anti-Semitic pamphlets written by Celine in the 1930s, after an outcry by critics including some historians and Jewish groups.

There appear to be no plans to turn his former home into a museum, after several institutions declined Destouches' offer to sell, according to Le Point.

Celine, who died in 1961, is buried at the Meudon cemetery.

https://www.expatica.com/fr/news/cou...e_2014302.html
 
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