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His highly innovative writing style using Parisian vernacular, vulgarities, and intentionally peppering ellipses throughout the text was used to evoke the cadence of speech.

Louis-Ferdinand Destouches was raised in Paris, in a flat over the shopping arcade where his mother had a lace store. His parents were poor father a clerk, mother a seamstress.

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After an education that included stints in Germany and England, he performed a variety of dead-end jobs before he enlisted in the French cavalry intwo years before the outbreak of the First World War in While serving on the Western Front he was wounded in the head and suffered serious injuries — a crippled arm and headaches that plagued him all his life — but also winning a medal of honour.

Released from military service, he studied medicine and emigrated to the USA where he worked as a staff doctor at the newly build Ford plant in Detroit before returning to France and establishing a medical practice among the Parisian poor. Their experiences are featured prominently in his fiction.


Although he is often cited as one of the most influential and greatest writers of the twentieth century, he is certainly a controversial figure. After embracing fascism, he published three antisemitic pamphlets, and vacillated between support and denunciation of Hitler. He fled to Germany and Denmark in where he was imprisoned for a year and declared a national disgrace.

He then received amnesty and returned to Paris in Other books in the series. Trivia About Bagatelles pour u No trivia or quizzes yet. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.