New Impressions of Africa

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Atlas Press, Jan 1, 2004 - Africa - 255 pages
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This is perhaps the strangest of Roussel's works. The basic construction of each of the work's four cantos is the same: a brief 'impression of Africa' is interrupted midway by a parenthesis; this new passage is then interrupted by a further parenthesis and so on until a maximum number of five parentheses is reached and they begin to close again. We then discover the second parts of the various interrupted passages and finally the closing section of the initial sentence, which can be quite a distance away. An amazing piece of writing, beautifully illustrated by H.-A. Zo.

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User Review  - JimElkins - LibraryThing

What does it mean, exactly, to read this book? First, I think it must mean that you have already read 'How I Wrote Certain of My Books,' 'Locus Solus,' and 'Impressions of Africa': that is, you are ... Read full review


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Eccentric writer Raymond Roussel was born in Paris, France in 1877. Although Roussel's works are very difficult to translate due to the complexity of their wordplay and his own attempts to translate them to the stage failed, he had a strong influence on a group of experimental Parisian writers known as OuLiPo, and on artists such as Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp. He died in Palermo, Italy in 1933.

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