The Erasers (Calderbooks)
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 first novel, reads like a detective story but is primarily concerned with weaving and then probing a complete mixture of fact and fantasy. The narrative spans the twenty-four-hour period following a series of ei...more
Shelf: Thriller/Mystery,Postmodern lit,Brain Pain Group read.
Recommended for: Not everyone.
Nine murders in nine days,one by one,every evening at seven-thirty. Sounds like a typical plot for a lurid, pulpy thriller– instead, what you get is a mindbender of postmodern writing that turns conventional tropes of detective fiction upside down & becomes,at times,too smart for its own good.
Part thrilling,part annoying,the book explores a murder that (view spoiler)[...more
I've since gone back to being dumb.
So what we have here is a thriller of sorts. The subjectivity erased out of the narration. An interesting read, and everyone should read Robbe-Grillet at least once.
Set in 1950s Belgium, the story is almost an anti-whodunit about a ring of political assassins - you are told right at the outset who commits a shooting on whom, but the endless layering of speculati...more
Perhaps the most notable member of the group of experimental authors practicing the tenets of the Nouveau Roman (New Novel), Alain Robbe-Grillet's first novel is a fascinating, fun and frustrating murder mystery. It deals with a detective by the name of Wallas who is sent to an unnamed town to investigate the murder of Economics Professor Daniel Dupont. The murder is believed to be linked to a series of eight other murders occurring across the count...more
The Erasers reminds me of Black Sabbath's Black Sabbath or The Stooges The Stooges or Metallica's Kill 'Em All or Public Enemy's Yo! Bum Rush the Show. There is something great here, it isn't perfected yet, but there is hint of something amazing to come. This grand experiment will yield a Paranoid or a Fun House or...more
Специфика книги в том, что сюжет (детективный!) и персонажи в ней - далеко не самое главное :) /там и главного героя-то нет - они меняются по ходу книги/ Главное - стиль!
Что интересно: действие разворачивается вне времени и пространства... Город-лабиринт, по которому плутают герои, улицы описываются занудно и подробно, но при этом составить его карту решительно невозможно... Часы одного и...more
Robbe-Grillet voiced a disdain for literary realism and wrote a scathing manifesto of the avant garde in his book Pour un Nouveau Roman. The Erasers is his first attempt at the Nouveau Roman. Though he would later consider it a failure, I think it is compelling rejection of literary complacency.
This book is a bumbling comedic novel layered in a dark, mysterious tone. As I came to the end of the book I laughed at lou...more
Il y est question de gommes (que le personnage achète avec frénésie) et d'Oedipe. Je ne peux pas en dire plus.
i finally read this book - after being guilt ridden for years for lying about reading it during my Modern Novel class in college.
I actually liked it. the end was surprising and ironic. i wish i had read it during class so that i could have discussed it with other people.
Highly recommended for someone curious about Robbe-Grillet to be the introduction to this author's works.
I am getting ready to re-read it.
Overall, I think I like Djinn a bit better than The Erasers, but the latter is definitely worth t...more
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He was married to Catherine Robbe-Grillet (née Rstakian) .
Alain Robbe-Grillet was...more