Antisemitic Author’s Manuscripts, Worth Millions, Are Setting France’s Literary Scene on Fire

6,000 recently discovered manuscripts by Louis-Ferdinand Céline are roiling both admirers and detractors of the antisemitic French writer. The controversy over his estate is a continuation of the scandal-filled life of the author who collaborated with the Vichy regime

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An illustration of Louis-Ferdinand Céline.
An illustration depicting French author Louis-Ferdinand Céline. Credit: Gio
Gaby Levin
Gaby Levin

At the center of the affair that is currently inflaming the French literary world are 6,000 pages in the handwriting of Louis-Ferdinand Céline. This literary treasure, whose existence had been doubted by experts on the 20th-century novelist/physician, appeared suddenly, as though from another world, in June 2020 and is continuing to raise controversy.

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