Recollections of the Golden Triangle

Recollections of the Golden Triangle

by Alain Robbe-Grillet
     
 

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A provocative novel by the most influential living French writer, Recollections of the Golden Triangle is a tour de force: a literary thriller constructed of wildly diverse elements—fantasy and dream, erotic invention, and the stuff of popular fiction and movies taken to its farthest limits.

A secret door that is opened slightly by an electronic device,

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A provocative novel by the most influential living French writer, Recollections of the Golden Triangle is a tour de force: a literary thriller constructed of wildly diverse elements—fantasy and dream, erotic invention, and the stuff of popular fiction and movies taken to its farthest limits.

A secret door that is opened slightly by an electronic device, a beautiful hanged factory girl, a pale young aristocrat whose blood apparently nourishes his vampiric lover, the evil Dr. Morgan who conducts his experiments in “tertiary dream behavior,” the beautiful and sinister women from the world of horror films, and the investigating police, who are not all what they seem to be, are just some of the ingredients of this intriguing new novel by the French master of the intellectual thriller, whose novels and films have effectively changed the way we can look at the “real” world today.

Recollections of the Golden Triangle challenges the reader to find his own meaning in its descriptions, clues, and contradictions, and to play detective by assembling the pieces of the fictional puzzle.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Misogyny, paranoia, hallucination and vampirism permeate this loathsome and obscure literary thriller. The Golden Triangle of the title refers to a bizarre sex cult that requires a steady supply of adolescent girls for sacrifice. The sordid tale is narrated by a kidnapper who passes himself off as a mad doctor who revels in slicing off the clothes of his prey (``I slit the golden dress axially with a single stroke of the scalpel''). He muses, ``No sooner have I opened the paper at the sex-crimes page than I feel a flush come to my cheeks,'' and offers recurring images of ``golden pubic fleece,'' ``the black triangle of fleece,'' ``the incipient fleece'' and the ``Titian-red pubis.'' And there's also a disturbed chief of police who derives ``great refreshment from sleeping in the warmth of a victim already destined for the executioners' instruments.'' Unsuspecting readers should be forewarned. The author, a pioneer of ``nouveau roman,'' or new novel, wrote Jealously, etc.(October)
Library Journal
If Robbe-Grillet's memoirs revealing his Petainist and anti-Semitic rearing had not recently been published in France, this novel could be shrugged off as an exercise in pornography. But the cultivated obliviousness of his adolescence gives a disturbing context to this complicitous narration of tortured and mutilated young women in a Brazilian city. Unlike Robbe-Grillet's The Voyeur , which introduced English readers to the French New Novel in 1958, this 1978 novel has 14 fairly traditional chapters that advance the plot while dwelling on sexist brutality. The translation is tidy (some 1200 words fewer than the French), although initially there is some difficulty finding a comparable tone. Marilyn Gaddis Rose, Comparative Literature Dept., SUNY at Binghamton

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802152008
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Robbe-Grillet, Alain
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,108,644
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.50(d)

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