The Flight of Icarus
Called by some the French Borges, by others the creator of le nouveau roman a generation ahead of its time, Raymond Queneau's work in fiction continues to defy strict categorization. The Flight of Icarus (Le Vol d'lcare) is his only novel written in the form of a play: seventy-four short scenes, complete with stage directions. Consciously parodying Pirandello and Robbe-Grillet, it begins with a novelist's discovery that his principal character, Icarus by name, has vanished. This, in turn, sets off a rash of other such disappearances. Before long, a number of desperate authors are found in search of their fugitive characters, who wander through the Paris of the 1890s, occasionally meeting one another, and even straying into new novels. Icarus himself––perhaps following the destiny his name suggests––develops a passion for horseless carriages, kites, and machines that fly. And throughout the almost vaudevillian turns of the plot, we are aware, as always, of Queneau's evident delight at holding the thin line between farce and philosophy.
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Review: The Flight of IcarusUser Review - PHILIPPE MALZIEU - Goodreads
Queneau is one of my preferred writers. I read all his books in the complète edition the Pleiad. There are several themes in these books. Country chronicles with fantastic, urban novels and atypical ... Read full review
Review: The Flight of IcarusUser Review - Chuck LoPresti - Goodreads
Amongst the essential Queneau. Characters take flight from their pages and assume responsibility of their own fates. Succinct and essential - Queneau cuts the kite string from traditional character ... Read full review