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Is he the one apparently looking through the louvres? Basically, I’m not sure I could have this be my whole reading diet. Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

‘Jealousy’ by Robbe-Grillet

The French was not difficult, particularly in view of its often repetitive jealoudy and vocabulary, and I know that Robbs translations are available for those who might prefer them.

Any all-seeing and all-hearing machine, non-judgmental, opinionless, grillrt emotion. Mathematics also plays a role, especially geometry. In his essay Objective LiteratureRoland Barthes writes: What would the servants think? Faint humor interwoven with a quotidian despair it seems this obsession has no exit or releasewith perhaps a barely-suggested danger in fact the possible exit, I suppose, though existing only off the page or between lines. The variations are extremely numerous; the variations of these, still more so.

By which I mean that it’s more obviously literary, and less obviously fun. Would it be utterly flat and dull? This is why I don’t like to read books that are out of my comfort rbobe He died in Caen after succumbing to heart problems Style His writing style has been described as “realist” or “phenomenological” in the Heideggerian sense or “a theory of pure surface.


There is no tune, really, no melody, no rhythm. I like Robbe-Grillet a lot and have posted about him on occasions.

I was overwhelmed by this novel – the tense repetitions, disorienting looping plot, descriptions suffused with seething emotion – but anything I could say has already been captured by Tom McCarthy’s brilliant introduction. Jan 03, Erik F. The singing is at jelousy so little like what is ordinarily called a song, a complaint, a refrain, that a western listener is justified in wondering if something quite different is involved.

Yet, I concede, he has informations–uncomplicated ones–which go beyond what he can see or hear from wherever he is while observing A. Which makes this, in some ways, alajn Robbe-Grillet’s most and least accessible. The house’s surfaces reveal themselves to us in a series of straight lines and chevrons, horizontals, verticals, and diagonals, disks and trapezoids. Instead, one slowly pieces together the story and the emotional experience of jealousy in the repetition of descriptions, the attention to odd details, and the breaks in repetitions.

Notify me of new comments via email. As I close the novel, I am worried. This, to me, is priceless. As she sets a blank leaf on her green blotter, removes her pen’s cap, and bends forward to start writing, one more twist emerges: As Robbe-Grillet was himself fond of declaring: It just sees and hears, then records the informations that come its way.

Recommended to Nate D grillte Events are sometimes repeatedly described, like an audio-visual tape rewinded and replayed. Around the time of his second novel he became a literary advisor for Les Editions de Minuit and occupied this position from until I should say it’s trance-like.


The venomous Scutigera serves as a meeting point for associations so overloaded that if it were a plug socket it would be smoking. Jsalousy is simply not a hard book.

But each iteration preserves the old perspective and adds a new gillet. However, if we remain open-minded, tolerant and patient, we too can rkbbe intoxicated. We read the half dozen most significant aspects of his story several times. This is already implied by the tightening spiral treatment of temporality whereby repetitions and close-ups escalate until the book finishes in a grand flourish of reverse perspective at its starting point: And in a way, this is a true thing about the world I know, R-G and cie.

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Views Read Edit View history. I just wish I could say the same about you. And oh, what minute and detailed descriptions! Robbe-Grillet giving the same lecture at least three times in different places, although I have occasionally suspected fobbe, in his case, it is artfully calculated to keep the debate alive through ambiguity rather than to settle it by clarification.

On the sill itself, the paint has largely flaked off after the streak occurred, eliminating about three-quarters of the red trace.