Lucette Destouches, the widow of Louis-Ferdinand Céline- the author of Journey to the End of the Night and Death on the Installment Plan- celebrated her centenary this July 20, in the Meudon house where he died 1st July 1961.
Remaining loyal to the memory of her late husband, the former dance teacher, has seen a lot of people go through this house.
“Since the death of Louis, life no longer interests me. It’s like with him I swam in a river pure and clear and I found myself without him in dirty, muddy water,” she says in Secret Celine (Grasset, 2001).
Seventy years after Liberation, the great love of Louis-Ferdinand Celine continues to forbid the reprinting of his anti-Semitic pamphlets, according to his wishes.
Translated from several news sources