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Project for a Revolution in New York

Project for a Revolution in New York

by Alain Robbe-Grillet
     
 

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Part prophecy and part erotic fantasy, this classic tale of otherworldly depravity features New York itself—or a foreigner's nightmare of New York—as its true protagonist. Set in the towers and tunnels of the quintessential American city, Alain Robbe-Grillet's novel turns this urban space into a maze where politics bleeds into perversion, revolution into

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Part prophecy and part erotic fantasy, this classic tale of otherworldly depravity features New York itself—or a foreigner's nightmare of New York—as its true protagonist. Set in the towers and tunnels of the quintessential American city, Alain Robbe-Grillet's novel turns this urban space into a maze where politics bleeds into perversion, revolution into sadism, activist into criminal, vice into art—and back again. Following the logic of a movie half-glimpsed through a haze of drugs and alcohol, Project for a Revolution in New York is a Sadean reverie that bears an alarming resemblance to the New York, and the United States, that have actually come into being.

Editorial Reviews

Roger Shattuck - New York Times Book Review
““There is a universal principle at work [in Project] . . . I can describe it best as rhyme. Painters rhyme shapes and colors. Poets rhyme terminal syllables, sometimes moods. Robbe-Grillet rhymes events themselves—fits them inside or outside one another like Chinese boxes, like sounds heard in a whispering gallery . . . ””
Madeleine Chapsal - L’Express
““Robbe-Grillet introduced . . . a revolution in reading: in his works, there is no sense of a privileged text. No one, not even the author, has the last word, and nobody could, because there is no last word—or for that matter, first . . . What the author provides, with an extreme precision, an extreme beauty . . . are the elements of scenes. Stereotypes, archetypes, frozen images—it is the reader’s imagination that does the rest.””
New York Times Book Review - Roger Shattuck
“"There is a universal principle at work [in Project] . . . I can describe it best as rhyme. Painters rhyme shapes and colors. Poets rhyme terminal syllables, sometimes moods. Robbe-Grillet rhymes events themselves—fits them inside or outside one another like Chinese boxes, like sounds heard in a whispering gallery . . . "”
L'Express - Madeleine Chapsal
“"Robbe-Grillet introduced . . . a revolution in reading: in his works, there is no sense of a privileged text. No one, not even the author, has the last word, and nobody could, because there is no last word—or for that matter, first . . . What the author provides, with an extreme precision, an extreme beauty . . . are the elements of scenes. Stereotypes, archetypes, frozen images—it is the reader’s imagination that does the rest."”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564787828
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Series:
French Literature Series
Pages:
183
Sales rank:
1,141,835
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Nee en 1930, Catherine Robbe-Grillet est ecrivain. Elle est l'auteur de plusieurs ouvrages, sous differents pseudonymes, notamment"Jean de Berg" pour"L'Image" (Minuit, 1956) et"Jeanne de Berg" pour"Ceremonies de femmes" (Grasset, 1985) et "Le Petit carnet perdu" (Fayard, 2007).

Sous son propre nom, Catherine Robbe-Grillet est l'auteur de"Entretien avec Jeanne de Berg" (Les Impressions Nouvelles, 2002) et"Jeune mariee: Journal, 1957-1962" (Fayard, 2004).

photo: (c) Ulf Andersen / Gamma

Richard Howard is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry (Richard Howard is the author of thirteen volumes of poetry (including Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003). He has pincluding Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003). He has published more than 150 translations from the French includinublished more than 150 translations from the French including Baudelaire's Le Fleurs du Mal, for which he received the 1g Baudelaire's Le Fleurs du Mal, for which he received the 1983 American Book Award for translation. Richard also won th983 American Book Award for translation. Richard also won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for Untitled Subjects. He lives in e Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for Untitled Subjects. He lives in New York City. New York City.

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