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A Sentimental Novel

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In France, Alain Robbe-Grillet's final novel was sold in shrink-wrap, labeled with a sticker warning readers that this perverse fairy tale might offend certain sensibilities. It tells the story of Gigi, also known as Djinn, who is being schooled by her father to be a perfect slave and mistress. Running the gamut of unacceptable subject matter from incest to torture, this book abounds with vignettes that explore taboos and their representation in fiction, from the Brothers Grimm to the Marquis de Sade. It is ...

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Overview

In France, Alain Robbe-Grillet's final novel was sold in shrink-wrap, labeled with a sticker warning readers that this perverse fairy tale might offend certain sensibilities. It tells the story of Gigi, also known as Djinn, who is being schooled by her father to be a perfect slave and mistress. Running the gamut of unacceptable subject matter from incest to torture, this book abounds with vignettes that explore taboos and their representation in fiction, from the Brothers Grimm to the Marquis de Sade. It is titillating and disgusting, the work of a dirty old man or brilliant agent provocateur -- or both.

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Editorial Reviews

The Guardian

What constitutes pornography is very much in the eye of the beholder, but there is little doubt that this is an openly and joyfully pornographic book, in that it turns into an unbound celebration of deviancy at its most explicit and imaginative.

Alain Robbe-Grillet

This isn't literature, this is masturbation!

Complete Review

There is some superb writing here -- an effective, unsettling contrast to the awful subject-matter, and the aspect of the book that is most intriguing..

Spiked

The power of the novel and Robbe-Grillet's mastery is impressive, but the novel itself is disturbing. Whether one judges this novel art, pornography or a fusion of the two, it will trouble readers.

The New Yorker

This artful translation pays homage to the book's aesthetic refinement.

From the Publisher

"What constitutes pornography is very much in the eye of the beholder, but there is little doubt that this is an openly and joyfully pornographic book, in that it turns into an unbound celebration of deviancy at its most explicit and imaginative." -- The Guardian

Dalkey Archive Press

"This isn't literature, this is masturbation!" -- Alain Robbe-Grillet

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628970067
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Series: French Literature Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 254,988
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Following The Erasers (1953), his first novel, Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922--2008) quickly established himself as the chief spokesman for the nouveau roman movement. Along with his fiction, his essay collection For a New Novel and his screenplay for Alain Resnais's Last Year at Marienbad have influenced countless artists across the world.

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