Monday, February 25, 2008

"Alain Robbe-Grillet [Obituary]." DAILY TELEGRAPH February 19, 2008.

Alain Robbe-Grillet, who died on Monday aged 85 was the leading light of the 'new novel' in post-war France, as well as a film director and avant-garde critic whose theories were as influential as his novels. The mere mention of the author's name was enough to suggest hyper-modernity. When John Fowles's narrator in The French Lieutenant's Woman announces, "I live in the age of Robbe-Grillet," he is indicating that the book will be unconventional. The world of the Robbe-Grillet novel is anxious and unheroic. There is usually a dark plot, a mystery, an obsessive chase or detective quest, but resolutions are shrouded in ambiguity and the reader is left to piece things together as best he can. The novels are freighted with a sense of trauma which is left unexplained, flickering at the edges of consciousness. . . .

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