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Robbe-Grillet, Alain (Translated by Yvonne Leonard And Walter Wells). DJINN: A NOVEL BY ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET. New York City, NY: Grove Press/Evergreen, 1982. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 128 pages. Fine.

The author's ninth novel to be translated into English. One of Alain Robbe-Grillet's finest achievements, it is a landmark of the Nouveau Roman/New Novel Movement. The first appearance of the title in English and in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a softcover original. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Alain Robbe-Grillet's "Djinn" in a felicitous English translation. The full title in French is "Djinn, Un trou rouge entre les paves disjoints" (literally, "Djinn, A red hole between disjointed cobblestones"). Or, the unknowability of the past, identity, and personhood, the author's characteristic theme, which repudiates what he considers the illusion of stable literary character. "A haunting, disorienting, brilliantly constructed novel, it is the story of a young man who joins a clandestine organization under the command of an alluring, androgynous American girl, Djinn. Having agreed to wear dark glasses and carry a cane like a blind man, he comes to realize, through bizarre encounters, recurring visual images, and fractured time sequences he experiences as part of his undisclosed mission, that he is helplessly blind. His quest for the meaning of his mission and for possible clues to the identity of the mysterious Djinn becomes a quest for his own identity in an ever shifting time-space continuum" (Publisher's blurb). "Robbe-Grillet returns to the top of his form with this fantastic tale" (Le Monde). Together with Nathalie Sarraute and the Nobel Prize-winning Claude Simon, Alain Robbe-Grillet, its most persuasive and eloquent exponent, invented and rigorously pursued the New Novel as the ultimate form of the Modernist "stream-of-consciousness" narrative pioneered by James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, among others. Focussed on the human being as pure Unconscious, impervious to fact, logic or reason, the New Novel remains the only truly radical insight and full-fledged approach (some would say assault) to the one literary form whose very name stands for something new and different, which the novel hadn't been one hundred years since its invention. An absolute "must-have" title for Alain Robbe-Grillet collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated (in the month and year of publication), and inscribed in black pen-marker on the half-title page by the author: "Avec une pensee [with a thought], Alain Robbe-Grillet Oct 82". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. The recipient is named. The inscription is the French equivalent of the English salutation, "sincerely". This title is a late-modern classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed copy of the First American Edition/First Printing available online and is in fine condition overall: Clean, crisp, and bright. Please note: Almost ALL other copies available online are subsequent printings yet are priced as though they had collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as one of the canonical writers of the 20th century. One of the most important and influential novelists of our time. A fine copy. . ISBN 0394179838. $100.00

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