SNAPSHOTS by Alain Robbe-Grillet


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The transposition d'art of the earlier French symbolists, along with its suggestive imagery, has had no more literal substantiation than in the work of Robbe-Grillet whose literary and film techniques commute back and forth between both media with equal, supple impermanence. This is a collection of Snapshots which will be developed in later novels and screen scripts and perhaps its publication is justified in much the same way as the little book of Nathalie Sarraute's Tropisms (1967), namely to show the sources of the theory and technique of these particular writers. These are purely descriptive sea and landscapes; a mobile view of ""The Escalator"" in the metro or the advertising posters on the corridor thereof; a walk taken in ""The Wrong Direction""; a schoolboy's recitation; etc., etc. All in the unruffled (somewhat repetitive), evanescent prose which sometimes reduces to no more than aesthetic squiggles.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1968
Publisher: Grove