In his most famous and perhaps most typical work, Robbe-Grillet explores his principle preoccupation, the meaning of reality. The novel is set on a tropical banana plantation and the action is seen through the eyes of a narrator who never appears in person, never speaks and never acts. He is a point of observation, his personality only to be guessed at, watching every movement of the other two characters' actions and events as they flash like moving pictures across the distorting screen of a jealous mind.
The result is one of the most important and influential books of our time, a completely integrated masterpiece that has already become a classic.
'Robbe-Grillet's career was built on a sly and amusing paradox: of using fiction over and over again to undo the conventions of fiction. But how cleverly and engagingly he did it.' The Independent
'The novel remains striking in its originality, and Richard Howard’s translation from 1959 has held up well.' Times Literary Supplement
'The finest novel about love since Proust.' Vladimir Nabokov
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