Locus Solus (Paperback)
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Locus Solus (Paperback)

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Paperback 224 Pages / Published: 21/07/2012
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Based, like the earlier Impressions of Africa, on uniquely eccentric principles of composition, this book invites the reader to enter a world which in its innocence and extravagance is unlike anything in the literature of the twentieth century. Cantarel, a scholarly scientist, whose enormous wealth imposes no limits upon his prolific ingenuity, is taking a group of visitors on a tour of "Locus Solus", his secluded estate near Paris. One by one he introduces, demonstrates and expounds the discoveries and inventions of his fertile, encyclopaedic mind. An African mud-sculpture representing a naked child; a road-mender's tool which, when activated by the weather, creates a mosaic of human teeth; a vast aquarium in which humans can breathe and in which a depilated cat is seen stimulating the partially decomposed head of Danton to fresh flights of oratory. By each item in Cantarel's exhibition there hangs a tale - a tale such as only that esteemed genius Roussel could tell. As the inventions become more elaborate, the richness and brilliance of the author's stories grow to match them; the flow of his imagination becomes a flood and the reader is swept along in a torrent of wonder and hilarity.

Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781847492739
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 217 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Genius in its pure state. -- Jean Cocteau
An imagination which joins the mathematician's delirium to the poet's logic - this, among other marvels, is what one discovers in the novels of Raymond Roussel. -- Raymond Queneau
Raymond Roussel belongs to the most important French literature of the beginning of the century. -- Alain Robbe-Grillet
My fame will outshine that of Victor Hugo or Napoleon. -- Raymond Roussel
An experience unique in literature -- John Ashbery
The greatest mesmerist of modern times -- Andre Breton
Things, words, vision and death, the sun and language make a unique form... Roussel in some way has defined its geometry -- Michel Foucault

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