The first of Roussel’s two major prose works, Impressions of Africa
is not, as the title may suggest, a conventional travel account, but an adventure story put together in a highly individual fashion and with an
unusual time sequence, whereby the reader is even made to choose whether to begin with the first or the tenth
A veritable literary melting pot, Roussel’s groundbreaking text makes ample use of wordplay and the surrealist techniques of automatic writing and private allusion.
'An imagination which joins the mathematician’s delirium to the poet’s logic – this, among other marvels, is what one discovers in the novels of Raymond Roussel.' Raymond Queneau
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