How I Wrote Certain of My Books.
Roussel's writings themselves are exotic and quirky. In his lifetime they attracted Dadaists and Surrealists - though Roussel was unaware of their aesthetics - and there's a superficial resemblance between some of them and the novels of Ronald Firbank written at the same time, but they more closely resemble the works of his followers, like Mathews's early novels, Kenneth Koch's novel The Red Robins and his narrative poems, and Sorrentino's recent novels. In France, the nouveaux romanciers adapted his tendency to give long, detailed descriptions of inanimate objects and to allow the imaginative manipulation of language to generate form and content, a practice later followed by the OuLiPo school. For his influence alone Roussel deserves to be read, and this nicely designed anthology is the perfect introduction to his work.
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|Publication:||The Review of Contemporary Fiction|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Jun 22, 1996|
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