The totalitarian attempt at global conquest and total domination has been the destructive way out of all impasses. Its victory may coincide with the destruction of humanity; wherever it has ruled, it has begun to destroy the essence of man ... it is also true that without it (totalitarianism)we might never have known the truly radical nature of Evil. -Hannah Arendt, a german philosopher, on the The Origins of Totalitarianism
Louis-Ferdinand Céline (French: [selin]) was the pen name of Louis Ferdinand Auguste Destouches (pronounced: [detuʃ]; 27 May 1894 – 1 July 1961), a French novelist, pamphleteer and physician. The name Céline was the first name of his grandmother. He developed a new style of writing that modernized French literature.