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Fiction. "The narrator of THE PARK watches from his window, his balcony: the avenue, the park, the couple in the apartment across the way. He is attached to the woman. He returns to his room, to his notebook. She is someone he has loved or hopes to love. He is a friend dead in the war. I is sometimes a child, sometimes the author and sometimes He. There is no absolute divi...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 1st 1981 by Red Dust
(first published 1967)
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Characters and tense shift, each protagonist might be a single, there are really beautiful passages here. Also, ideas. Characters are the conduit onto the world Sollers has constructed, but are of little relevance to anything else. Really, really good.
This is another in the series of books that had a profound influence on me and my writing when I was a young college student. Read it in Nanos Valeoritis' "Nouveau Roman" course at San Francisco State University. The detachment of the narrator/s, the meta-narrative, the text that interrogates itself as it constructs something, itself? anything but a narrative! This was all so new to me in 1983 and eye-opening as to the possibilities of literature beyond what had already become the modernist clic...more
Philippe Sollers (born Philippe Joyaux) is a French writer and critic. In 1960 he founded the avant garde journal Tel Quel (along with the writer and art critic Marcelin Pleynet), published by Seuil, which ran until 1982. In 1982 Sollers then created the journal L'Infini published by Denoel which was later published under the same title by Gallimard for whom Sollers also directs the series.More about Philippe Sollers...