Conversations with Professor Y

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Conversations with Professor Y
Author Louis-Ferdinand Céline
Original title Entretiens avec le professeur Y
Translator Stanford Luce
Country France
Language French
Publisher Éditions Gallimard
Publication date
Published in English
Pages 153

Conversations with Professor Y (French: Entretiens avec le professeur Y) is a 1955 novel by the French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline. The narrative focuses on discussions about literature between an author and an academic. The first two thirds of the novel were published in Nouvelle Revue Française in 1954, and the finished work through Éditions Gallimard the following year.[1]


Nancy Ramsey of The New York Times reviewed the book in 1986, and wrote that "much of Conversations is hilarious. Celine is self-mocking as he tries to get his name back into circulation. He compares an eager genius to the new Big Bubbly soap product, is adamant in his revulsion at the ascendancy of ideas over emotion and is passionate in his desire to capture the immediacy of conversation on the page[.] ... Conversations is essential for Celine fans, and a good, if tame, introduction for the uninitiated."[2]

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  1. ^ Alden, Douglas W.; Brooks, Richard A., eds. (1979). A Critical Bibliography of French Literature: The Twentieth Century. Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press. p. 757. ISBN 0815622058. 
  2. ^ Ramsey, Nancy (1986-08-31). "Conversations with Professor Y". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-15.