By Alain Robbe-Grillet, Richard Howard
Indeed, the occasions that punctuate the key agent’s remain in Berlin are vulnerable to abrupt transitions, exciting and questionable in equivalent degree: a taking pictures, a kidnapping, druggings, encounters with pimps and teen whores, police interrogations, even a few elegantly staged torture. those bloody occasions ensue amid thick fog alongside the city’s canals, or even extra mysterious narrative methods. Robin—or is the narrator truly dual brothers?—falls in love with a mysterious lady named Jo Kast (a connection with Oedipus’s mom Jocasta). Her teenaged daughter Gegenecke (the German translation of Antigone), a provocative blonde, will shape a wierd partnership resembling the blind Oedipus led into exile through Antigone. Dupont, the hero of The Erasers, returns right here as van Brucke (both names suggest “Of the Bridge,” one in French, the opposite in German). during this wonderful fictional cat-and-mouse video game, akin to Daedalus’s labyrinth, not anything that's remembered might be altogether real, yet purely what's remembered may be real.
Readers of Robbe-Grillet’s novel Erasers will realize, because the undercover agent of Repetition slowly turns into conscious that he used to be in Berlin before—as a baby, along with his mom, probably searching for his father—the similar allusions to bits and items of the Oedipus tale equipped into the hero’s personal. certainly “erasing” a narrative by way of retelling it's the relevant motif of all Robbe-Grillet’s fiction and movies, of which this most up-to-date and possibly final novel is in lots of methods the main revealing and positive version.
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