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                            Journey to the End of the Night
	To Elisabeth Craig
Preface to 1952 Gallimard Edition
Journey to the End of the Night
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Journey to the End of the Night

by

LOUIS-FERDINAND CÉLINE

Translated from the French by

RALPH MANHEIM

A NEW DIRECTIONS BOOK

Voyage au Bout de la Nuit

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

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[65] p. 209 . From = " some." [66] p. 210 . From , feeble-
minded. [67] p. 226 . The Eiffel Tower.

[68] p. 239 . Bioduret seems to suggest the prolongation of life. The institute
is clearly the Pasteur Institute. True, the Pasteur Institute is at the opposite end of Paris from La
Villette. But this is just Célinian mystification. The institute is accurately located off the Rue de
Vaugirard a few pages further on.

[69] p. 241 . From , "jaundice."

[70] p. 246 . Here the institute is correctly situated.

[71] p. 248 . The Louvre, which is never referred to as a château.

[72] p. 250 . From this point one would look out over the Montmartre cemetery
and the "great lake of night." But only in a dream is one anywhere near the fortifications or the
suburbs.

[73] p. 255 . A mixture of (fizz water with synthetic lemon flavoring) and some sort
of syrup, usually mint or grenadine.

[74] p. 258 . Boules is the same as and something like the English bowls. Played mostly
by men on provincial village squares and in Paris parks.

[75] p. 302 . In 1814, and not in 1816 as Céline whimsically says, Marshal Moncey
(Adrien Jeannot de Moncey, due de Conegliano) defended the Clichy Barrier against the invading
troops of the anti-Napoleonic coalition. There is a monument commemorating the event in the middle
of the Place Clichy. The invading troops included Cossacks, who were long remembered with horror.

[76] p. 303 . The Paramount Theater.

[77] p. 305 . A reference to the crossing of the Berezina River by Napoleon in 1812, in
the course of his retreat from Moscow. More than twenty thousand French troops were lost.

[78] p. 306 . The Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin. A theater situated on the
Boulevard Saint-Martin. One of the holy places of the Romantic drama. Burned down under the
Commune in 1871. Rebuilt in 1873.

[79] p. 310 . From Pomona, goddess of fruit trees.

[80] p. 311 . The wicked king of Babylon, who saw the handwriting on the wall (Daniel
5:25).

[81] p. 315 . The Stock Exchange.

[82] p. 316 . A large furniture store in Montmartre. The name was regarded as
symbolic of cheap luxury.

[83] p. 317 . Jean-François de Galaup, Comte de la Pérouse (1741-88), French navigator.

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Died in the course of a voyage around the world, probably massacred by the inhabitants of the island
of Vanikoro. He did not have a wooden leg. The wooden leg seems to have been borrowed from
Nelson.

[84] p. 317 , Le Moulin de Galette. A famous dance hall built in the nineteenth century
beside a windmill so-called. Immortalized by Renoir's painting of it.

[85] p. 319 The leading character in Corneille's tragedy (1636), inspired by the life
of the Cid Campeador, an eleventh-century Spanish hero.

[86] p. 332 . From "eponym"?the mythical or historical person after whom a tribe,
city, country, etc. is named. In this instance, "etc." means "church."

[87] p. 333 . See above, note to p. 45. [note 17]

[88] p. 337 . Capital of French Guiana, a penal colony up to 1942.

[89] p. 342 . Jean de La Bruyère (1645-96). Moralist. Author of , a book of
maxims and portraits of contemporary figures, which gained great popularity.

[90] p. 363 . At that time the immediate suburbs of Paris belonged to the Seine
Department, which in turn was surrounded by a wider belt, also regarded as suburban?the Seine-et-
Oise Department.

[91] p. 364 . The Exposition Universelle (World Exhibition) held in Paris in 1900.

[92] p. 374 . A game once especially popular among Beton fishermen. Coins or other
valuables are placed on top of a large cork. Standing at some distance from it, the contestants toss
disks; the player who first overturns the cork takes the coins.

[93] p. 413 . This is a take-off on the fancy names often given to poor-quality
wines.

[94] p. 416 . Suggests , meaning "seedy."

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