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"OURS TO JEW OR DIE" Enthusiasm involves a lot of mad raving—Alas! Freud certainly raved a great deal—but our ravings now seem to involve solely political fanaticism—that's even more ridiculous—I know. I was caught up in it. Celine, Letter to Milton Hindus

LOGICAL OSCILLATIONS: AN ANARCHISM Doubtless contradictory, hotheaded, "raving" if you wish, Celine's pamphlets (Mea Culpa, 1936, Bagatelles pour un massacre, 1937, L'Ecole des cadavres, 1938, Les Beaux Draps, 1941), in spite of their stereotyped themes, carry on the wild beauty of his style. Isolating them from the whole of his writings constitutes a defense or a claim on the part of the political left or right; it is at any rate an ideological stance, not an analytic or literary position. The pamphlets provide the phantasmatic substratum on which, in another connection and another place, the novelistic works were built. Thus, very "honestly," the person who signs novels and pamphlets with his grandmother's first name, Celine, remembers his father's name, the one on his birth certificate, Louis Destouches, in order to acknowledge the thoroughly existential, biographical paternity of the pamphlets. Where my identity is concerned, "I" have no other truth to tell save my delirium: my paroxysmal desire under its social guise. Where that other who writes and is not my familial ego is concerned, "I" go beyond, "I" shift, "I" am no longer, for the end of the night is without subject, rigadoon, music, or enchantment. Destouche and Celine: biography and thanatogra-

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