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Repetition

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  219 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Reminiscent of Orson Welles's The Third Man, Repetition is an atmospheric spy novel of violence, mystery, and tricks of the eye, set in a bombed-out 1949 Berlin. Henri Robin, a special agent of the French secret service, arrives in the ruined city and feels linked to it by a vague and recurrent memory. There is a shooting, a kidnapping, druggings, encounters with pimps and ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published February 17th 2004 by Grove Press (first published 2001)
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Liviu
Sep 08, 2011 Liviu rated it it was amazing
This is a superb novel but one that is not for everyone with its hallucinatory prose, uncertain and shifting identities and themes of incest, forbidden love, s&m, Lolita... all taking places in the ruins of Germany in 1949

Everyone encountered is not quite what he or she seems but the main characters - our "hero" HR aka Henri Robin aka many other names - his seeming double (identity and role to be revealed later), his "handler", the older German officer that is a target of assassination and t
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Midge Bork
Another one left unfinished. I had read Jealousy years ago and thought the style fit the subject so well. As a marriage disintegrates the poisoned thoughts keep repeating. I should have expected more of the same in a book titled Repetition. I got 40% in and have little understanding of what's going on. Neither does the protagonist who, so far, has used 4 different names. Maybe I ne3d to switch to summer reads.
Robert Wechsler
Feb 24, 2015 Robert Wechsler marked it as tasted
Shelves: french-lit
At first, I was delighted with the combination of Alain Robbe-Grillet and Richard Howard’s skillful writing but, as I read further, it became clearer to me that this novel was a game and that I was not enjoying it. I’m not a fan of doubles (characters, not tennis) or of spy games or of much else that Robbe-Grillet is playing with here. So I put it down.
Alex Kennard
Jul 29, 2014 Alex Kennard rated it really liked it
To call this book difficult would possibly be an understatement. To say it is not for everyone a vital one. This hallucinatory narrative of endlessly shifting narrators is not easy to understand or relate to, & is, in fact, often deliberately appalling. For all this, indeed because of it, I enjoyed the book greatly.
ZaRi
این نخستین ازدواج حتی کمتر از ازدواج ما طول کشید . او به من اطمینان داد که این فقط یک تمرین است تا برای نمایش نهایی آماده شوم با این حال من رفته رفته پی بردم که بر عکس تنها یک بازیگر جانشین هستم. جانشین بازیگر اصلی ... یا دربهترین حالت بازیگری که تنها چند شب در تکرار یک نمایش قدیمی شرکت می کند...!
Samaneh
Aug 01, 2011 Samaneh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
این نخستین ازدواج حتی کمتر از ازدواج ما طول کشید . او به من اطمینان داد که این فقط یک تمرین است تا برای نمایش نهایی آماده شوم با این حال من رفته رفته پی بردم که بر عکس تنها یک بازیگر جانشین هستم . جانشین بازیگر اصلی ... یا دربهترین حالت بازیگری که تنها چند شب در تکرار یک نمایش قدیمی شرکت می کند .
Anna
Aug 24, 2010 Anna added it
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Oh boy...not a fan of this book. The main character seems to spend the majority of his time falling asleep or in a fog: not a great bedtime read.
Tcunniff
Mar 21, 2008 Tcunniff rated it it was amazing
Robbe-Grillet's final novel. (he died this year). Far more subjective than the early novels which made him famous. Obsessive, philosophical, and in the format of a spy-thriller.
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Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor and Claude Simon one of the figures most associated with the trend of the Nouveau Roman. Alain Robbe-Grillet was elected a member of the Académie française on March 25, 2004, succeeding Maurice Rheims at seat #32.

He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian) .

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