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The Voyeur

The Voyeur

When Mathias, a travelling watch salesman, returns after many years to the island of his birth, a young girl is found dead on the rocks. As Mathias makes an increasingly tense recapitulation of his movements on the day of the event, tiny details slowly and inexorably accumulate.

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ISBN 9780714548579
Published 1 December 2018 by Alma Books Ltd
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Robbe-Grillet, Alain
Translated by Howard, Richard
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ISBN-13 9780714548579
ISBN-10 071454857X
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Alma Books Ltd
Imprint Calder Publications Ltd
Publication Date 1 December 2018
International Publication Date 23 August 2018
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Translated from French
Author(s) By Robbe-Grillet, Alain
Translated by Howard, Richard
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 176
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 198mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Traveling sales personnel - Fiction, Teenage girls - Fiction - Crimes against
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 843.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

When Mathias, a travelling watch salesman, returns after many years to the island of his birth, a young girl is found dead on the rocks. As Mathias makes an increasingly tense recapitulation of his movements on the day of the event, tiny details slowly and inexorably accumulate. Through the warped screen of his distorted mind, the remembered images pile up until the reader is caught in his web of desperation. And yet in the end reality has lost all meaning, as the distinction between the narrator's recollections and the underlying facts are more and more blurred. This brilliantly executed novel, which showcases all the techniques that have secured Robbe-Grillet's place in the canon of Western literature, leaves behind a disturbing sense of unrest.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review I doubt that fiction as art can any longer be seriously discussed without Robbe-Grillet. -- The New York Times
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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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