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Locus Solus by Raymond Roussel
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it was amazing
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I'm joyously astounded to see how many people've read this on GoodReads! I'm fond of saying that Roussel was the greatest Surrealist writer WITHOUT ever having been a Surrealist (despite the promotional labelling of this bk as "French Surrealism" on the cover of the edition I have). Each individual scene in the tour of the main character Martial Canterel's Locus Solus has more imagination than most entire novels do. Just the way in wch the mural of multi-colored teeth is made is worth the price of admission into Roussel's world. Roussel was, of course, widely lambasted in his time & eventually committed suicide. So much for the famous French pride in its clever literature.
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