The Gravest of Misconceptions

Alain Robbe-Grillet, “New Novel, New Man,” For a New Novel

To believe that the novelist has “something to say” and that he then looks for a way to say it represents the gravest of misconceptions. For it is precisely this “way,” this manner of speaking, which constitutes his enterprise as a writer, an enterprise more obscure than any other, and which will later be the uncertain content of his book.

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