Moravagine by Blaise Cendrars

At once truly appalling and appallingly funny, Blaise Cendrars's Moravagine bears comparison with Naked Lunch—except that it's a lot more entertaining to read. Heir to an immense aristocratic fortune, mental and physical mutant Moravagine is a monster, a man in pursuit of a theorem that will justify his every desire. Released from a hospital for the criminally insane by his starstruck psychiatrist (the narrator of the book), who foresees a companionship in crime that will also be an unprecedented scientific collaboration, Moravagine travels from Moscow to San Antonio to deepest Amazonia, engaged in schemes and scams as, among other things, terrorist, speculator, gold prospector, and pilot. He also enjoys a busy sideline in rape and murder. At last, the two friends return to Europe—just in time for World War I, when "the whole world was doing a Moravagine." This new edition of Cendrars's underground classic is the first in English to include the author's afterword, "How I Wrote Moravagine."

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The 1978th greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 57th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (
  2. - 80th on Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century (Le Monde)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
MORAVAGINE. Hardcover 6357567 $29.00
Moravagine Paperback 10041694 $59.98 $7.98
Moravagine Paperback 9342274 $59.16
Moravagine; a Novel Hardcover 7593496 $40.00
Moravagine Mass Market Paperback 4212406 $9.80 1990
Moravagine Paperback 10343248 $21.00 1979
Moravagine Hardcover 2811369 $9.77
Moravagine Paperback 6177278 $761.54 $10.38 1990
Moravagine (New York Review Books Classics) Paperback 625585 $11.51 $5.23 2004
Moravagine Paperback 6696808 $14.30 $15.00 2002
Moravagine Paperback 8298345 $25.42 $55.26 1983
Moravagine: (*) (Les Cahiers Rouges) (French Edition) Kindle Edition 807432 $8.99 2002