La Maison de Rendez-Vous and Djinn: Two Novels by Alain Robbe-Grillet

By Alain Robbe-Grillet

Los angeles Maison de Rendez-vous

With Hong Kong because the surroundings, the grasp of the “new novel” creates an international of crime, intrigue, and fervour ruled through girl Ava’s mysterious Blue Villa. The novella unfolds over the process just one night, however the occasions of that evening recur again and again, and a similar moments are defined from the views of alternative characters. Robbe-Grillet creates an unsettling paintings that demanding situations his readers’ rules approximately subjectivity and objectivity, fiction and truth, and the full strategy of story-telling.


A haunting, disorienting, brilliantly built novel, Djinn is the tale of a tender guy who joins a clandestine association lower than the command of an fascinating, androgynous American woman, Djinn. Having agreed to put on darkish glasses and hold a cane like a blind guy, he involves become aware of, via weird and wonderful encounters, habitual visible photos, and fractured time sequences he reviews as a part of his undisclosed undertaking, that he's, in a feeling, helplessly blind. His look for the which means of his challenge and for attainable clues to the id of the mysterious Djinn, turns into a quest for his personal id in an ever-shifting time-space continuum. His growing to be obsession with fixing the secret turns into the reader’s personal till, via a stunning shift in narrative standpoint, the reader too turns into misplaced within the size among prior and destiny.

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In the NY hotel rm (they turn up again in Angst)—what good’s writing? ’’ Forgotten underlined three times, as if forgotten by three forgettings. To which add today the forgetting that followed upon these notes, interrupted for the time being by the finding of the ................. 16582$ $CH3 10-11-07 15:26:56 PS PAGE 35 post-it. Is this the fourth forgetting? How many forgettings does it take to forget, then to forget, then to forget about the forgetting? I remember the forgotten roses very well, backs straight him sprawled on the couch in room 91 them erect upright legs bunched together in the hotel vase saying we’ve been waiting for you red long-stemmed, showy, stout, vigorous roses, in the room I don’t see them as they are but for what they meant.

It was only many years later I noticed the Detail that gives us access to ‘‘The Metamorphosis’’ (‘‘Die Verwandlung’’) though it is perfectly obvious in the entryway where it vegetates and stinks, the eternal cadaver posted as a warning to the reader. But as it doesn’t call out or moan or squeak the avid visitor sweeps indifferently past the prophetic vignette and throws himself into the front room from which he doesn’t emerge alive. If only you’d read the warning Nothing wouldn’t have happened.

I wept. I should have taken out the lens. 27 the eye-patch ................. 16582$ $CH2 10-11-07 15:26:55 PS PAGE 27 * * * This whole story turns on an eye, now one of the eyes of one character, now one of the eyes of the other. This comment is totally extraneous to the story’s events. It belongs to the Tale. To the Tale, that is, version 2000. Before this date a thin sheet of soundproof glass slipped itself between the story’s events and the Tale. So long as I wore a contact lens (that is, one lens) I couldn’t tell.

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