First of all, what the hell is the nouveau roman? – A question I shall approach by the Josipovici method of re-defining the nouveau roman to be what I want it to be, and then telling everyone else they’re wrong. So my definition of the nouveau roman is, that it must be either:
- A French novel written post-1950, commonly understood to be a nouveau roman.
- A French novel written post-1950, commonly misunderstood to be a nouveau roman, or which could be argued as such.
- A precursor of either 1) or 2)
- Anything French, post-1950, which has been translated by either a) Dalkey Archive, or b) John Calder
- Julio Cortázar
Right, now we’ve got our definition straight, here’s what I’m reading:
- Jealousy, by Alain Robbe-Grillet (John Calder)
- The Flanders Road, by Claude Simon (John Calder) and one of either
Conducting Bodies(John Calder) or Triptych (John Calder)
- The Mise-en-Scène, by Claude Ollier (Dalkey Archive)
The Planetarium, by Nathalie Sarraute (John Calder), and one of either or both of Vous les Entendez? (Gallimard) and Disent les Imbéciles (Gallimard)
- Moderato Cantabile, by Marguerite Duras (Les Éditions de Minuit)
- The Hermit, by Eugène Ionesco (John Calder)
- Zazie dans le Métro, by Raymond Queneau (Penguin Modern Classics)
- Cronus’ Children, by Yves Navarre (John Calder)
- Life, A User’s Manual, by Georges Perec (Harvill)
- Street Girl, by Muriel Cerf (John Calder)
Pélagie-la-charrette, by Antonine Maillet (Doubleday)
- Locus Solus, by Raymond Roussel (Kindle Edition – French (and free!))
Paris Peasant, by Louis Aragon (Picador) Some stuff by Jean Cocteau which I can’t currently find
- Blow-Up and Other Stories, by Julio Cortázar (Pantheon), and possibly also Hopscotch (Rayuela)
- French Fiction Revisited, by Leon S Roudiez (Dalkey Archive) – a non-fiction survey
- Oh, and maybe some Beckett, eh? – Perhaps Molloy.
- An odd OuLiPo book I bought last year for 99p whose name and author I’ve forgotten. (Oh yeah, the author was Jacques Jouet).
- 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)
- In Transit, by Brigid Brophy (Dalkey Archive)
- The Pier, by Rayner Heppenstall (Allison & Busby) *Gave up*