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A Dangerous Life: Sewermen, Bank Robbers & the Revelations of the Prince of Fire

A Dangerous Life: Sewermen, Bank Robbers & the Revelations of the Prince of Fire

True tales from the life and times of Blaise Cendrars, the world's greatest vagabond

By David J. MacKinnon Blaise Cendrars

A Dangerous Life, Volume 1: Sewermen, Bank Robbers & the Revelations of the Prince of Fire features seven Cendrars works. The Sewerman of London: a tale of a secret passage leading to the Bank of England, gleaned from a fellow legionnaire while trapped in the trenches of the Great War; River of Blood (J’ai saigné): the 1st-hand narrative of the killing fields of Champagne, and the day in 1916 he lost his writing hand to a German machine-gunner; Fébronio: Cendrars’ chilling and compelling interview with Brazil’s most infamous serial voodoo killer; The Diamond Circle: the tale of the discovery of a diamond with a curse; Hip-flask of blood (Bidon de sang): translation by Cendrars of an unpublished spaghetti-western novel by the bank robber lawyer Al Jennings; Le Saint Inconnu (The Anonymous Saint); Anecdotique: On Saint-Exupéry.

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Guernica World Editions (World Prose in Translation)

978-1-77183-922-8

320 pages |

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David J. MacKinnon is a Sorbonne graduate in history cum laude, a member of two law societies, and has translated for the international criminal tribunals of Rwanda, the Hague and Yugoslavia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Legal Translators, and is co-founder and Director of the Long March to Rome, an indigenous-led mission seeking repeal of the Papal Bulls of Discovery. In earlier days, he worked as oil field roughneck, toilet factory worker, longshoreman and morgue attendant. He has walked the ancient Santiago de Compostela pilgrim’s trail and to Chartres several times. His previous books include Leper Tango, The Eel, The Voluntary Crucifixion, and a critically-acclaimed translation of radio interviews of the French vagabond poet Blaise Cendrars in Blaise Cendrars Speaks.