Based, like the earlier Impressions of Africa, on uniquely eccentric principles of composition, this book invites the reader to enter a world which in its innocense and extravagence is unlike anything in the literature of the twentieth century.
Cantarel, a scholarly scientist, whose enourmous wealth imposes no limits upon his prolific ingenuity is taking a group of visitors on a tour of "Locus Solus", his secluded estate near Paris. One by one he introduces, demonstrates and expounds the discoveries and inventions of his fertile, encyclopaedic mind.
An African mud-sculpture representing a naked child; a road-mender's tool which, when activated by the weather, creates a mosaic of human teeth; a vast aquarium in which human' s can breathe and in which a depilated cat is seen stimulating the partially decomposed head of Danton to fresh flights of oratory. By each item in Cantarel's exhibition there hangs a tale - a tale such as only that esteemed genius Roussel could tell. As the inventions become more elaborate, the richness and brilliance of the autho' s stories grow to match them; the flow of his imagination becomes a flood and the reader is swept along in a torrent of wonder and hilarity.
About the Author
Raymond Roussel (Paris, January 20, 1877 - Palermo, July 14, 1933) was a French poet, novelist, playwright, musician, chess enthusiast, neurasthenic, and drug addict. Through his novels, poems, and plays he exerted a profound influence on certain groups within 20th century French literature, including the Surrealists, Oulipo, and the authors of the nouveau roman.
'An experience unique in literature.' John Ashbery 'The greatest mesmerist of modern times.' Andre Breton 'Genius in its pure state.' Jean Cocteau 'Things, words, vision and death, the sun and language make a unique form - Roussel in some way has defined its geometry.' Michel Foucault '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 'Raymond Roussel belongs to the most important French literature of the beginning of the century.' Alain Robbe-Grillet 'My fame will outshine that of Victor Hugo or Napoleon.' Raymond Roussel
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st September 2012
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 12.9 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.2