Louis-Ferdinand Céline

  • Fable for Another Time by Louis-Ferdinand Céline

    Two young men, Jacques Darribehaude and Jean Guenot set off for Meudon in 1960, with the aim of recording the words of Louis-Ferdinand Céline and talking him into making a film, that they would devote to him — but Celine, it is said, began by showing them the door.

    ‘I do not converse!’ he told them, before setting an appointment for later.

    During the interviews, which turned out to be the most concise and revealing he ever gave, he spoke of his influence, citing La Fontaine, Villon, Racine, Proust and Stendhal, and also described his childhood and the years of his apprenticeship, in detail that had been hitherto unknown — outside of his works of course.