Writing / Memory / Invention | Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1922 - 2008


Alain Robbe-Grillet


"The true writer has nothing to say. What counts is the way he says it."


"Memory belongs to the imagination.
Human memory is not like a computer which records things; it is part of the imaginative process, on the same terms as invention."


"The world is neither meaningful, nor absurd. it quite simply is, and that, in any case, is what is so remarkable about it."


"The art of the novel, however, has fallen into such a state of stagnation - a lassitude acknowledged and discussed by the whole of critical opinion - that it is hard to imagine
such an art can survive for long without some radical change. To many, the solution seems simple enough: such a change being impossible, the art of the novel is dying."


"What do young girls dream of? Of the knife and of blood."


"There is a famous Russian cartoon in which a hippopotamus, in the bush, points out a zebra to another hippopotamus: 'You see,' he says, 'now that’s formalism."


"To tell the truth, girls are no longer the way they used to be. They play gangsters, nowadays, just like boys. They organize rackets. They plan holdups and practice karate.
They will rape defenseless adolescents. They wear pants... Life has become impossible."

"First general point: I write to destroy, by describing exactly the nocturnal monsters that threaten to invade my waking life."


Alain Robbe-Grillet, 1922 - 2008


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