First published in 1953, and winner of the Feneon Prize, Robbe-Grillet's astonishing debut novel is a sinister, singular mystery centered around a series of eight murders in eight days. After the ninth murder, the investigation turns over to a police agent--but it soon looks like the agent has been crooked from the start. With deft sleight-of-hand, Robbe-Grillet conjures an unsteady reality where fact mixes with fantasy, producing an intriguing and unnerving puzzle.
Newly reissued with an eye-catching cover by Peter Mendelsund, one of legendary avant-garde writer Alain Robbe-Grillet's most important works
Praise for Alain Robbe-Grillet: "Robbe-Grillet's theories constitute the most ambitious aesthetic program since Surrealism."--John Updike "Robbe-Grillet is important because he has attacked the last bastion of the traditional art of writing: the organization of literary space"--Roland Barthes "Alain Robbe-Grillet is the forerunner of a revolution more radical than Romanticism and Naturalism were in their time."--Claude Mauriac "Robbe-Grillet was a master at conveying human misunderstanding."--Bernard-Henri Levy "I doubt that fiction as art can any longer be seriously discussed without Robbe-Grillet."--New York Times "Robbe-Grillet has done away with the omniscient narrator, has exploded the concept of plot, and has slyly focused his fiction on fiction itself, on the creation of literature."--Artforum "A haunting, mystifying evocation of a murder that will keep your attention riveted."--Dallas Morning News
Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922-2008) was a prominent postwar avant-garde novelist and filmmaker. He was a founder of the nouveau roman literary movement, along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor, and Claude Simon. His books include Jealousy & In the Labyrinth, The Voyeur, and Recollections of the Golden Triangle.