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The Park

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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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Nate D
Fragmentary instances of the act of writing, direct from a writing writer. This distinguishes itself from Robbe-Grillet and other nouveaux roman pioneers mainly in that there's no attempt to create a sense of intrigue to draw the reader in. Given that such intrigue was often transparently a device, this is perhaps more honest and direct in carrying through its self-reflexive-poetic purpose, but not overly involving for the same reason. Later sections do take on greater greater individual weight, ...more
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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
Dina Rahajaharison
"A son insu, sa présence contrôlée, son attente, expriment la volonté de disparaître, l'attirance d'une chute dominée qui provoque et augmente la profondeur de la chute : prévoir, en définitive, c'est donner des armes contre soi."
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Sollers has been likened unfairly by some critics as a second-rate Robbe-Grillet; though clearly an indebted purveyor of the 'nouveau roman', he is no mere imitator. Where Robbe-Grillet presents his narrative as a succession of collapsing Matroska-like frames that efface boundaries between real and simulacral, Sollers instead offers a fluid, ever-shifting index of dreams grafted on one another, a sort of oneiric drama-space playing out in the mind of the narrator as he commits it to pen.
Xavier Roelens
Een uitdagend boek dat lastig is om te lezen, maar dat ik graag nog eens zou willen lezen, omdat ik het gevoel heb dat ik er nog veel van kan leren. Een ode aan het menselijke perspectief, aan het verlangen naar eeuwigheid in het besef van de kortstondigheid van de ontmoetingen.
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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.

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