For October, I’ve been thinking of forgetting the many books I’m currently reading (once again, I’m getting nowhere), and concentrating instead entirely on the Nouveau Roman (and some non-fiction too, which seems to be stimulating me a bit more at the moment). – If I’m not getting on well with novels, some anti-novels will be just the thing.
I’ve been in shops and on the internet since I compiled my original list, and have the following additions:
- Djinn, by Alain Robbe-Grillet (John Calder)
- In the Labyrinth, by Alain Robbe-Grillet (John Calder)
- Impressions of Africa, by Raymond Roussel (Oneworld Classics)
- Plays vol.2, by Eugene Ionesco (John Calder)
- The Girl Beneath the Lion, by André Pierre de Mandiargues (John Calder)
- Tropisms / The Age of Suspicion, by Nathalie Sarraute (John Calder)
I’m also adding two English-language books by people who may or may not have been influenced by the nouveau roman, and whom I’ve never in particular had my attention drawn towards before (not even by those avant-garde-loving bloggers whose only interest in life is to demonstrate how much better read they are in the avant-garde than you) or – in the case of the second one – even heard of:
Heppenstall I only discovered because he’s the English translator of Raymond Roussel, which I thought must make him at least an interesting character. Anyone heard of him / read anything by him?
Brophy I often see about, but have always passed by. I’ve started In Transit. It’s very enjoyable: but it’s one of those novels you read with a foolhardy terror that you’re going to make any sense of the next paragraph (which is a feeling these days I usually reserve for novels in French).