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Alain Robbe-Grillet
Birth: Aug. 18, 1922
Death: Feb. 18, 2008

Author, Filmaker, Critic. An outstanding representative of the "New Wave", a French avant-garde literary movement that began in the early 1950s. Time, space, memory, and how they are perceived are the major themes of his work. Dispensing with traditional narrative techniques, Robbe-Grillet presented a seemingly externalized world through a hypnotic repetition of images, fragments of dialogue, and precise descriptions of inanimate objects; but all of these undergo subtle changes according to the moods and desires of his protagonists. Preoccupations with sex and violence also informed his subject matter, though without a hint of sensationalism. In his first published novel, "The Erasers" (1953), a detective ends up killing a man whose supposed murder he is investigating. A travelling salesman begins to suspect he is a serial killer in "The Voyeur" (1955). The prize-winning "Jealousy" (1957) dissects the obsessions of a banana plantation owner. Robbe-Grillet later carried his explorations into films, beginning with his original screenplay for Alain Resnais' "Last Year at Marienbad" (1961) and in a series of independent features he wrote and directed himself, among them "L'Immortelle" (1963), "Trans-Europe Express" (1967), "Progressive Slidings Into Pleasure" (1974), "Playing With Fire" (1975), and "The Fair Captive" (1983). He called his films "cinema-novels". "Towards a New Novel" (1962), a collection of essays, offered a defining statement of his creative philosophy. His other books include "In the Labyrinth" (1959); "Djinn" (1981); a three-part "autobiography" consisting of "Ghosts in the Mirror" (1984), "Angeleque, or the Enchantment" (1988), and "The Last Days of Corinthe" (1994); and "Repetition" (2003). Robbe-Grillet was born in Brest, France. Trained as an agronomist, he initially pursued that career in Morocco, Martinique, and French Guinea, studying diseases in tropical plants. He switched to literature full time following the controversial success of "The Erasers". In 1955 he became an editor at the Paris publishing house Minuit and from 1971 to 1995 he taught French at New York University. A recipient of the Legion of Honor, Robbe-Grillet was elected to the Academie Francaise in 2004 but refused to take his seat there. He died at 85 in Caen, France. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
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Record added: Feb 21, 2008
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