Date Published: 1953 to 1962
Binding: No binding & soft cover
Alain Robbe-Grillet was a French writer and filmmaker. He was one of principal exponents of the nouveau roman movement, which emerged in France in the 1950s. Robbe-Grillet’s typical Möbius-strip narratives are intended to replicate the experiences of memory and obsession, but they can provoke boredom and frustration for readers expecting linear stories.
The collection contains 3 items dating from 1953 to 1962, specifically 2 letters and Robbe-Grillet’s epic first published novel Les Gommes.
2 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) from Instanbul to Irma Antonetto, Associazione Culturale Italiana, who was the creator of the Italian Cultural Association and In forty-six years of activity she had brought to Italy over 400 personalities including philosophers, scientists, writers, Nobel laureates.
• 6 June and 20 July , with envelope, in French, accepting her invitation to lecture in Italy the next year between 26 April and 2 May. Robbe-Grillet mentions Claude Mauriac who is interested in her project.
• Les Gommes. Paris: Les Éditions de Minuit 1953. Paperback, All French text. (8),-, pp., 14.3 × 22.5 cm. Copy of the press service (bottom of pages from p. 241 onwards including the back wrapper pierced with the cross symbol of the press service). Complete with the wrap-around band (“Ne partez pas sans emporter | Le Temps | EDITIONS DE MINIUT”) and an insert laid in advertising the book. Signed presentation copy: “pour Gabriel Perreux | un vieil ami de mon père | en homage respectueux | Allain Robbe-Grillet”. A printed note on page  states “This work has been completed to print the February 27, 1953, on the FIRMIN-DIDOT Press, and registered in the books of the Publisher under number 201.”
First published book by Robbe-Grillet for which he received le prix Fénéon in 1954. A novel involving an assassination allegedly by a terrorist group, the complicity of a doctor, and a newly promoted investigator. One of the first avant-garde books of the French “Nouveau Roman” movement which brought together some writers mainly published by Les Éditions de Minuit.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.