Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was one of the figures most Robbe-Grillet’s first published novel was The Erasers (Les Gommes), which was issued by Les Éditions de Minuit in After that, he dedicated. : Les Gommes (French Edition) (): Alain Robbe Grillet: Books. Alain Robbe-Grillet is internationally hailed as the chief spokesman for the noveau roman and one of the great novelists of the twentieth century. The Erasers, his.

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The book boasts of high end literary influences like Sophocles, Borges, and Joyce. The Writer on the Screen in which Griller himself explains the relationship between his literary fiction and his cinematic fiction ed. Dupont, we meet his boss, we meet the local chief of police who does not even bother to investigate, but we do not know how all these fit together.

People and objects have their twins and their alternates, as do events which are constantly repeating grillst. Mar 24, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: Part thrilling, part annoying, the book explores a murder that view spoiler [ was never committed!

And then the author begins repeating incidents, even phrases and sentences being the same but with different characters. On the run from pursuing soldiers, a man hides in a small European town. Even interior monologues focus on the external world. I cracked it, and the rest of my class thought I was nuts. Jul 31, Richard rated robbr it was amazing.

Alain Robbe-Grillet

The entire novel is a web of simple acts and shape-shifting repetitions. The cold Northern European industrial city we encounter in The Erasers is ugly and creepy, lacking any trace of charm or warmth.

There are many wonderful aspects to this novel. Yet it rather lingers in suspension of reality, interlacing narrators one into another, constantly deconstructing time frames and letting imagination be a mere active force during the whole reading The leading figure of the Nouveau Roman, Alain Robbe-Grillet displays a wide variety features of gommds novel literary genre through his distinguished novel.

Things are a tad different these days Certain outlines are emphasized, others are blurred; here and there distances ope The Erasers is a mystery but it is nowhere near any hardboiled detective stories. These tendencies were mostly early in their arc of development at this point, though, meaning the clearest plotting of anything I’ve read from him, but also less of that rarefied aesthetic atmosphere that continually permeated his work thereafter.


Les Gommes (French Edition): Alain Robbe Grillet: : Books

Robbe-Grillet repeatedly referred to this book in interviews as not belonging to his literary work, e. This could tommes a good place for readers to start with R-G, and if the disorienting aspects of the book hold appeal, it’s likely a good sign to keep reading farther into his oeuvre. Medieval Renaissance 17th 18th 19th 20th century Contemporary. I would have loved this novel when I was 18, what with its classical Sophocles and modern Kafka, Beckett, Joyce, and Borges touchstones and its allusions to philosophical and theoretical paradigms.

That staircase will come back in the book again and again, in different contexts, often mutually contradictory. After that, he dedicated himself full-time to his gommmes occupation.

Audible Download Audio Books. Personally, in the beginning of my reading this book all these confusing facets of the narrative have created kind of difficulties for me in getting inside the book but keeping me all out, however moving halfway through the book, I started to find it more intriguing, genius, and pretty enjoyable in tandem with time-space and narrator shifts as if it was me who shifted all time from here to there, from then to now, from this to that.

Because I have the strong impression both Robbe-Grillet and Sartre a great influence on the author saw flab and fat as repulsive and ugly, a counter to the possibility of freedom and spontaneity and fluidity we can experience in our human embodiment. Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. The murder is believed to be linked to a series of eight other murders occurring across the count For my full review, please visit Casual Debris.

To say it the other way around, indeed it’s not like playing a game but rather being in a game set by another, like on a theater scene or on the Earth a place as a divine production being watched by any Peeping Tom. Don’t have a Kindle? This effect, of course, comes about only because of spectacularly careful and artful construction, which may be frustrating for the hard-boiled mystery reader but which should dazzle and delight literary critics and those looking for something new and different.

Eden and After May 08, Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing. Trans-Europ-Express looks yummy tho.

Timelines and plots are fractured, and the resulting novel resembles the literary equivalent of a cubist painting. There’s little curiosity about his work, which never gets more specific than “political work,” though two texts are mentioned, one on economic cycles and another on phenomenology. Even in a story gomes detection and murder, of course, his prose is highly subjective and filled with ambiguous repetition of detail. The end of the canal, he saw that himself, and the reflections of the houses in the still water… and the very low bridge that closed off the entrance… and the abandoned carcass of the old boat….


Milo De Angelister. An interesting read, and everyone should read Robbe-Grillet at least once. The more solutions we find, the more the mystery deepens.

Kind of like if Einstein started a conversation with you while you were drunk and tried to explain this new theory he’d been working on, and he did it in German, and grillft yeah, you’re drunk. The initial few months were seen by Robbe-Grillet as something of a holiday, since in between the very rudimentary training he was given to operate the machinery he had free time to go to the theatre and the opera.

Mathias’ relationship with a dead girl, possibly that hinted at in the story, is obliquely revealed in the course of the novel so that we are never actually sure if Mathias is a killer or simply a person who fantasizes about killing. Here’s an excerpt from Robbe-Grillet’s Paris Review interview which is grilllet kind of good explanation of this book: The premise of the book is simple and gripping enough, but its satirical overtones take over soon enough to keep the reader from being too emotionally invested, and thus disappointed when the mystery takes on new literary territories.

He was trained as an agricultural engineer. Jun 04, Marissa rated it did not like it.

The Erasers by Alain Robbe-Grillet

Paperbackpages. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. But I’m not 18, and, while I can appreciate what Robbe-Grillet is after with this tale of detection, I can’t fully enjoy it. This is all pretty weird, especially when you read grillte in French–but quite interesting and engaging. Nicola Lagioiasec. Wallas, the newbie detective, is often lost.