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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Robbe-Grillet inserts extended passages of apparent minutiae – how a tomato has been cut, how food is arranged on a plate, descriptions of items in store windows – have these any relevance at all?? Characters are colourful, at times comical and often pathetic, like the detective Wallas who is cursed with poor phrenological features which he suspects are linked to his constant failings, while he roams the streets almost at a loss as to how to investigate.

This novel was published in Explore the Home Gift Guide. It reads like Robbe-Grillet, but doesn’t entirely feel like him.

Roberto Cazzolater. Over time, it became a great literary success and was translated into English by Richard Howard.

His fate is perfectly summed up by the fact that he regularly pauses in his rohbe to search for a pencil eraser that he remembers well but that may not even exist. Era solo e non ne soffriva. Still, I can see that this is an important novel, and it’s not nearly as off-putting as I maybe made it seem, but it’s a bit annoying. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In he published what he described as an intentionally traditional autobiography, entitled ‘Le miroir qui revient’, translated into English as ‘Ghosts in the Mirror’ rogbe Jo Levy Antonio Scuratiter.


The image I had while reading it was that of analysing an intricately detailed baroque sculpture. Is that a deliberate choice? Wallas, who turns out to be a detective, realizes that he may be investigating a murder that has not yet taken place. As with many of his novels, The Voyeur revolves around an apparent murder: This is becoming a house of mirrors. With “The Erasers,” it’s not so much that Robbe-Grillet throws ideas at you so much as he trots out thought experiments.

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

Read, repeat, tommes, repeat. I liked the feeling of my mind trying, and failing, to wrap itself fully around an intricately constructed puzzle. What’s different about this particular murder is that there is no body, and moreover, unknown to Wallas but revealed early to the reader, is that Dupont is in fact not dead. Paolo Di Stefanosec.

Quite early on, we meet the gkmmes who shot Daniel or was it Albert? Alessandro Zaccuriter. After fifty years, isn’t it time somebody did a better translation?

The cold Northern European industrial city we encounter in The Erasers is ugly and creepy, lacking any trace of charm or warmth.

Nicola Lagioiasec. Two men described in some detail are both fat and flabby and move in a stiff and mechanical way: An unusual, rewarding read.

Andrea Canobbiosec. May 09, Katharine rated it really liked it. A sad man meets a beautiful, secretive woman who may or may not be involved in some conspiracy ring dealing in kidnapped women used as prostitutes.

Alain Robbe-Grillet

The agent’s resemblance to the prime suspect leads the story into murky territory. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. This unattractiveness also extends to less people inhabiting the city. 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 oh yeah, you’re drunk.


An interesting read, and everyone should read Robbe-Grillet at least once. The bar that opens eobbe closes the novel is described as an aquarium, so that all its inhabitants are fish living in a glass bowl, swimming around in eternal circles. So what we have here is a thriller of sorts. Methodical, geometric, and often repetitive descriptions of objects replace though often reveal the psychology and interiority of the character.

And gommew the very identity of Wallas, the detective and protagonist, begins to come into doubt. Open Preview Grillrt a Problem? View all 8 comments. Erasers are plentiful throughout the novel, from the pencil erasers to more subtle suggestions, such as pervasive forgetfulness, changing or replacing facts and even actual events, along with the conspiracies that these nine murders were part of a series of hits conducted by hit-men, or “erasers. Around the time of his second novel he became a literary advisor for Oes Editions de Minuit and occupied this position from until Things are a tad different these days Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options.