Constant Nieuwenhuys-Portrait de Moravigine, 1979
Tom Haartsen

Portrait de Moravagine

x 30,5cm
Private collection, NL

Moravagine is a Blaise Cendrars (1887–1961) novel, published by Grasset en 1926. It is[1] a complex opus, with a central figure (the Moravagine character) like a dark persona of the author which he gets rid of through writing. Its genesis took a decade (with Cendrars hinting at it as early as 1917) and Cendrars never stopped working on it. In 1956, the author somewhat rewrote the text, added a postface and a section titled "Pro domo: How I wrote Moravagine". In its ultimate revision, Cendrars says the book is definitely incomplete, as it was meant to be a preface to a "complete works of Moravagine" that are not there.