The Flight of Icarus: Novel (New Directions Books)

The Flight of Icarus: Novel (New Directions Books)

Raymond Queneau


The Flight of Icarus (Le Vol d'lcare) is his basically novel written within the type of a play: seventy-four brief scenes, entire with level directions.

Called through a few the French Borges, by way of others the writer of le nouveau roman a iteration sooner than its time, Raymond Queneau's paintings in fiction maintains to defy strict categorization. The Flight of Icarus (Le Vol d'lcare) is his in basic terms novel written within the kind of a play: seventy-four brief scenes, entire with degree instructions. Consciously parodying Pirandello and Robbe-Grillet, it starts off with a novelist's discovery that his critical personality, Icarus through identify, has vanished. This, in flip, units off a rash of alternative such disappearances. sooner than lengthy, a couple of determined authors are present in seek in their fugitive characters, who wander in the course of the Paris of the Nineties, sometimes assembly each other, or even straying into new novels. Icarus himself––perhaps following the future his identify suggests––develops a keenness for horseless carriages, kites, and machines that fly. And during the virtually vaudevillian turns of the plot, we're acutely aware, as constantly, of Queneau's obtrusive satisfaction at conserving the skinny line among farce and philosophy.

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