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Part detective novel, part investigation into the nature of knowledge, set in the mountains of Morocco when the French still controlled North Africa.
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1958)
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Mark Broadhead
Jul 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Nouveau Roman/Ollier style: 'He picked up the book. The text ran from left to right. In increments of three minutes he turned the pages. The room was empty of other people, though an hour earlier friends had chatted with him about their trip to the laundrette. No one would disturb the silence till morning, at least, he guessed. He turned another page.'
Mark style: 'He picked up the book for the tenth time that week. And was quickly bored senseless again.'
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Aug 19, 2015 marked it as to-read
Dennis Cooper's blog showcased this novel, with interviews from Ollier and an excerpt: http://denniscooper-theweaklings.blog...
Andy
Apr 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ollier in this novel as in his "Law and Order" was, for me, the best practitioner of the French New Novel. If you liked Robbe-Grillet, Pinget, Saurrute, Butor, et.al., you'll really like Ollier.
Eric Willeforde
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm in the tank for nouveau roman novels, but this is the best one I've read besides Robbe-Grillet's early work. A French engineer named Lassalle travels into uncharted Moroccan mountains to find a road site to reach a mine. He encounters growing menace when a young woman, Jamila, is stabbed to death by her husband and her image keeps recurring to Lassalle ... or is it that of the living Yamina? And what happened to Lessing, the engineer who went before Lassale? Is he linked to Jamila in some ...more
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Claude Ollier (born in Paris in 1922) is a French writer closely associated with Alain Robbe-Grillet and the nouveau roman literary movement. He was the first winner of the Prix Médicis which he received for his novel La Mise en scène.
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