February 19, 2008

A Scientist Writes…

Robbe-Grillet dies, and, ironically, of all the mainstream press it's the crusty old Torygraph that so far seems to have the most sympathetic and encyclopedic obituary of this agronomist, scriptwriter, novelist, and general all-round storyteller.



At 2/21/2008 6:28 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello there!
About 1985, i read an article by Robbe-Grillet in an obscure anthology (Atlas Press 3) on Raymond Roussel - the whole collection was about him. R-G loved him of course, as he was deeply influenced by him. After a rundown of RR's 'achievements', he states '...basically, he had nothing to say, and he said it badly'. g

At 2/21/2008 9:54 pm, Blogger Jimmy Little said...

G. — ta for the comment (and my apologies for not emailing lately; I'll try to do better). Robbe-Grillet's comment's a bit cruel: it's not that Roussel wrote badly, it's that he wrote cleverly, which is another kind of sin altogether if you ask me. And while Roussel may have had nothing to say, Robbe-Grillet surely had a lot to say about saying nothing, no? Evocatively and elegantly, of course (of course).


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