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The Erasers

By Alain Robbe-Grillet

Translated by Richard Howard

ISBN: 9781847492678

210 pages

RRP: £9.99

After a failed attempt on his life by an unknown terrorist cell, Professor Daniel Dupont decides to fake his own death. The government authorities, believing that the attack is part of a series of political assassinations, send Wallas, a recently promoted special investigator, to the provincial town where the crime took place. As he wanders the confusing streets of the town, he finds himself increasingly lost in a web of conspiracies, doppelgängers and memories.

Cleverly deconstructing the detective genre, The Erasers, Alain Robbe-Grillet’s first published novel, shifts between various characters and time frames, while maintaining the suspense of a conventional thriller. The result is an engrossing examination of consciousness and reality which is also one the founding texts of the nouveau roman school.

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  • Fascinating … It is an intricately clever novel

    The Spectator

  • Uses the full apparatus of the thriller … The conception is both inventive and subtle

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  • I doubt that fiction as art can any longer be seriously discussed without Robbe-Grillet.

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Alain Robbe-Grillet

Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922–2008) is best known as the pioneering spokesman of the nouveau roman, a greatly influential movement in post-war French fiction, and as the author of Jealousy and The Voyeur.

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