Alain Robbe-Grillet Le Voyeur (Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1955), translated from the
Alain Robbe-Grillet Pour en nouveau roman (Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit, 1963),
If, as I describe earlier in this 2008 volume, I felt sad that I had missed out—in a somewhat abstract way—in experiencing the works of Kon Ichikawa during the years in which he lived, I felt even more specifically saddened when I read of the April 7, 2008 death of French novelist and screenwriter, Alain Robbe-Grillet.
Los Angeles, March 28, 2008
Murderer in the Dark
If Robbe-Grillet’s 1953 fiction, The Erasers, is a kind of metaphysical novel posing as a detective tale, it is also a dark comedy about the absurdity of trying to comprehend and intercede in the forces of human destiny.
Los Angeles, July 9, 2008
Murderer in the Mind
Mathias decided on a mark shaped like a figure eight, cut clearly enough in
the steep, recessed embankment to make a good point of reference. The mark
was exactly opposite him, that is, ten or fifteen feet to the left of the point
where the landing slip emerged from the pier. When, after forcing himself to
keep his eyes in the same place for several seconds, he saw it again, he was not
quite sure he was looking at the same mark—other irregularities in the stone
looked just as much like—or unlike—the two little coupled circles whose
shape he still remembered.
After a final, roundabout inspection of the table service, she stretches
out her arm as if to move something—the coffeepot, for instance—but
everything is in order. Her hand is small, the wrist almost too delicate. The
cord had cut into both wrists, making deep red lines. Yet she was not bound
too tightly. The cord must have sunk into the flesh because of her futile
efforts to get free. He had been forced to tie her ankles too—not together,
which would have been easy—but separately, each one attached to the
ground about a yard apart.
Los Angeles, April 5, 2008
Murderer of Time
Los Angeles, July 12, 2008