24 February 2008

Youthful Influences

French novelist Alain Robbe-Grillet died last Monday. I recall reading the Grove Press translations of his novels and his essay "Toward a New Novel" during my last year in College. I don't remember the writings themselves so much as the intensity and sense of seriousness I experienced. For a first-generation college kid it was mind-opening. Again, the doorway to this was my advisor Jim Fratto who had gotten me to read Roland Barthes who, in turn, was a promoter and patron of sorts to Robbe-Grillet. The New York Times has run this obituary and this appreciative essay on Robbe-Grillet.



Anonymous Dawei from Beijing said...

He made some wonderful films, too!

24 February, 2008 11:51  

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