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Alain Robbe-Grillet John Calder
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A Regicide

Alain Robbe-Grillet John Calder


Alma Edizioni

Classic fiction (pre c 1945);
Fiction in translation


256 pages

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Set in an unspecified island kingdom, A Regicide tells the story of the statistician Boris who, after the electoral victory of the Church party in the country's elections, decides to assassinate the King on the day he is to visit the factory where he is employed. As the crime is described and relived, doubt sets in as to whether it has ever taken place.

Written in 1949 but only published in 1979, Robbe-Grillet's first novel is a disquieting and satirical avant-garde political thriller which bridges the gap between traditional novel and the Nouveau Roman genre he would later espouse and make famous.

By:   Alain Robbe-Grillet
Translated by:   John Calder
Imprint:   Alma Edizioni
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm, 
ISBN:   9780714548593
ISBN 10:   0714548596
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   February 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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.

An extraordinary work, unafraid to be different, whose games with narrative haunt and nag at the mind. -- Nicholas Lezard * The Guardian * Reading A Regicide today, we're reminded of Robbe-Grillet's influence on our notions of how a novel should be. * TLS * I doubt that fiction as art can any longer be seriously discussed without Robbe-Grillet. * The New York Times *

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