Private: A new novel by Robbe-Grillet?!

I’m late to the ballgame here, but on March 19 the L.A. Times ran a review of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s Repetition, his first novel in 20 years.

Evidently it’s a sort of espionage thriller set in 1949 Berlin with all of the psychological and sexual issues a fan might expect. Reviewer Kai Maristead says:

In addition to the questions of identity raised by [the protagonist’s] alternative IDs, he seems to suffer from a partial loss of memory about his origins and childhood that make the notion that he might not be who he thinks he is — at first an absurd insinuation — more and more possible as events unfold. (One might interject here: “It all depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.”)

(Via splinters.)

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