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Raymond Roussel and the Republic of Dreams
Raymond Roussel, one of the most outlandishly compelling literary figures of modern times, died in mysterious circumstances at the age of fifty-six in 1933. The story Mark Ford tells about Roussel's life and work is at once captivating, heartbreaking, and almost beyond belief. Could even Proust or Nabokov have invented a character as strange and memorable as the exquisite ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published November 30th 2000 by Cornell University Press
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What can be more fascinatng than a very rich man who traveled around the world without leaving his room on a ship, and built the first luxury car for himself, that had a toilet. Which by the way, Boris Vian owned much later. Also he self-published his novels, and when that failed - he produced a big budget play based on that novel. Of course that failed as well. But Duchamp and Breton was in that audience and it changed both lives for the better. Yet ironically Roussel could care less for the av ...more
Read as a companion to Locus Solus and mighty helpful on that front. Such an intriguing man and heartbreakingly ignored literary figure. Ford's book rides the line between lit crit and biography without being bogged in either. More of us need to read Roussel.