Ferdinand Bardamu

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Ferdinand Bardamu is the protagonist of Louis-Ferdinand Céline's 1932 novel Journey to the End of the Night (Voyage au bout de la nuit).

The hero's first name, Ferdinand, is shared with Céline, the author/narrator for whom he acts as a surrogate.[1][a] His surname, Bardamu, is derived from the French words Barda—the "pack" carried by World War I soldiers—and mu, the past participle of the verb mouvoir, meaning to move. As the novel progresses, circumstances compel Bardamu to give up his "baggage" of conventional morality and the optimism of youth.[1]

Footnotes[edit]

^a The two would later be combined as "Louis Ferdinand Bardamu" by the narrator Raphael of Modiano's La Place de L'étoile (1968).[2]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Solomon 1992, p. 17
  2. ^ O'Keefe 2005, p. 32

References[edit]

  • O'Keefe, Charles (2005). A Riffaterrean Reading of Patrick Modiano's La Place De L'etoile. Birmingham: Summa Publications. ISBN 1-883479-48-7. 
  • Posen, Solomon (2006). The Doctor in Literature. ISBN 1-85775-779-3. 
  • Solomon, Philip (1992). Understanding Céline. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 0-87249-814-X.