Nouveau Roman

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Do we ever do polls on ILB? Not the most promising start as I've only read a couple of the authors myself but I'm sure y'all have read much more.

Poll Results

Julio Cortázar 4
Alain Robbe-Grillet 3
Maurice Blanchot 1
Nathalie Sarraute 1
Claude Simon 0
Jean Richards 0
Robert Pinget 0
Claude Ollier 0
Marguerite Duras 0
Michel Butor 0

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:20 (thirteen years ago) link


xyzzzz__, Saturday, 10 May 2008 16:30 (thirteen years ago) link

No question at all about it for me, Julio Cortázar is the writer I always wanted to be.

Dimension 5ive, Sunday, 11 May 2008 03:02 (thirteen years ago) link


Dimension 5ive, Sunday, 11 May 2008 03:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Anyone but Duras. She shits me.

James Morrison, Monday, 12 May 2008 00:36 (thirteen years ago) link

Not Claude Simon, either.

I like Erasers and Repetition, but have read nothing else from this list except a little Cortazar (enjoyably). And Simon, obviously.

bamcquern, Monday, 12 May 2008 09:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Not sure I should have voted, having read very little of this stuff, but put one in for Blanchot on more general essay/non-fiction grounds.

woofwoofwoof, Monday, 12 May 2008 15:15 (thirteen years ago) link

Went for Grillet

xyzzzz__, Monday, 12 May 2008 19:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Wednesday, 14 May 2008 23:01 (thirteen years ago) link

I was the one that voted for Nathalie, because of Enfance. I feel bad nobody voted for Marguerite.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Thursday, 15 May 2008 00:45 (thirteen years ago) link

But she shits me!

James Morrison, Thursday, 15 May 2008 03:49 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm going to send Gérard Depardieu in Le Camion to your house to run you over!

James Redd and the Blecchs, Thursday, 15 May 2008 10:18 (thirteen years ago) link

James Morrison, Thursday, 15 May 2008 22:41 (thirteen years ago) link

That pic is what came up when I tried to find an image of Depardieu from Le Camion. Not the right film, I think.

James Morrison, Thursday, 15 May 2008 22:43 (thirteen years ago) link

I think that's from the time travel 2001 parody buddy movie in which Pierre Richard is briefly transformed into a chimp.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 16 May 2008 03:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Wished I had voted for Duras now. The Lover is pretty excellent.

Just a day after this poll, browsing bkshops hold of a Claude Simon novel.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 May 2008 19:41 (thirteen years ago) link

ten months pass...

Nearly a year passes by...a few notes:

- Not sure why Cortazar (as good as he ws) was considered to be a 'Roman' writer at all! (Blame wiki, not me)

- Since then I've read some Butor, Ricardou, Sarraute...I like it that this all mostly short fiction that doesn't stop you from grinding your teeth.

- Duras seems to be way more varied than as a Roman writer, she seems much more preoccupied with exposing a blankness to the whole business of love.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 12 April 2009 11:21 (twelve years ago) link

Hell, at one point Backett was grouped in with them. Literally, in a staged photo.

I'm sorry that I missed the poll. I've got a definite fave who got no votes.

alimosina, Sunday, 12 April 2009 18:04 (twelve years ago) link

i thought nouveau roman novels were mainly French...the one book I read about it (The New Novel: From Queneau to Pinget) listed only seven French practitioners, five of whom were included this poll...

jagged-electronically mäandernden underbody (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 12 April 2009 19:29 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah its all French, although I'm sure there must be one or two non-French writers who might use the techniques of the Roman.

Also I really like how some of these writers are connected with film. Has anyone read Jean Cayrol?

xyzzzz__, Monday, 13 April 2009 09:23 (twelve years ago) link

eleven years pass...

Bar Duras and Blanchot I don't think much has stayed with me although I quite like to read Simon again.

But anyway.

Thrilled to announce that in 2021 we will be publishing a translation (by @altaifland & Nealand) of Le Camion by Marguerite Duras.

— Contra Mundum Press (@_contramundum_) May 5, 2020

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 18:38 (one year ago) link

The Truck or The Lorry?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 May 2020 18:51 (one year ago) link

Love that movie

My Chess Hustler (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 5 May 2020 19:12 (one year ago) link

no votes for duras is criminal, but glad time has redeemed. she always did seem an odd fit here, though.

feel like it's time for sarraute to come back in season. any contemporary practitioners?

vivian dark, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 22:12 (one year ago) link

Think I must have been the vote for Sarraute.

My Chess Hustler (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 6 May 2020 22:21 (one year ago) link

I read The Lover when it first came out in English, '85, maybe '86 if trade pb, don't remember. Just remember liking it, though some alarm bells from my own life, possibly (emotional hypochondria?)

Wiki lists several versions:
There are two published versions of The Lover: one written in the form of an autobiography, without any superimposed temporal structures, as the young girl narrates in first-person; the other, called The North China Lover and released in conjunction with the film version of the work, is in film script form, in the third person, with written dialogue and without internal monologue. This second version also contains more humor than the original.

In the first version of Avital Inbar's Hebrew translation (Maariv publishers,1986), there is (page 11) an excerpt, dictated by Marguerite Duras on the phone to her translator. A section that does not appear in any other version of the book.

Barbara Bray's English translation won the Scott Moncrieff Prize and PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize in 1986.

dow, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 23:32 (one year ago) link

four months pass...

Surely that's supposed to be Jean Ricardou.

Does Lasses refer to the young Scottish women writers producing novels in this style?

The wikipedia page declares Mark Z. Danielewski to be "in the style of."

alimosina, Monday, 14 September 2020 21:40 (ten months ago) link

Review of a Sarraute autobiog:

Its an ok review except the case for Sarraute's fiction is p/weak (that she somehow could be read alongside with people like Ferrante and Sebald isn't really true).

Duras is a much better writer/artist (MUBI are running a short season as we speak) except I don't think she writes like Sarraute or Grillet at all.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 14 September 2020 23:02 (ten months ago) link

six months pass...

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 21:22 (four months ago) link

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