Death and the Labyrinth

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Bloomsbury Academic, Jan 30, 2007 - Philosophy - 227 pages
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Death and the Labyrinth

is unique, being Foucault's only work on literature. For Foucault this was "by far the book I wrote most easily and with the greatest pleasure". Here, Foucault explores theory, criticism and psychology through the texts of Raymond Roussel, one of the fathers of experimental writing, whose work has been celebrated by the likes of Cocteau, Duchamp, Breton, Robbe Grillet, Gide and Giacometti.

This revised edition includes an introduction, chronology and bibliography to Foucault's work by James Faubion, an interview with Foucault, conducted only nine months before his death, and concludes with an essay on Roussel by the poet John Ashbery.

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Review: Death and the Labyrinth: The World of Raymond Roussel

User Review  - George - Goodreads

As complex in its readings of Roussel's (notoriously difficult) fictional work, as Roussel's work itself. An invaluable explanatory critical work, that along with poet John Ashbery's earlier pioneer critiques, illuminate the complex literary art of Roussel. Read full review

Review: Death and the Labyrinth: The World of Raymond Roussel

User Review  - Derek Fenner - Goodreads

I will be revisiting Roussel's oeuvre this winter with a reread of Locus Solus and some time in all the others. Again Foucault has added to my reading list. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Michel Foucault (1926-1984) was a French philosopher and widely recognised as one of the most original and influential thinkers of the 20th Century. James Faubion is at Rice University, USA. Charles Ruas is the translator of Death and the Labyrinth.

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