Alain Robbe-Grillet Essay - Alain Robbe-Grillet Long Fiction Analysis

Alain Robbe-Grillet Long Fiction Analysis

The newcomer to the New Novel should read Alain Robbe-Grillet’s books in the sequence in which they were written, because each work employs new elements developed in its predecessor. The temporal device of a stopped wristwatch in The Erasers, for example, parallels the suppression of a political investigator’s childhood memory; the main character of The Voyeur is a wristwatch salesman who is obsessed with liquidating his timepieces while escaping apprehension for his crime; the narrator of Jealousy almost destroys his own and the reader’s concept of time through his suspicion and obsessive fear.

Robbe-Grillet’s narrators are characterized by their obsessions, ranging from an obsession...

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