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28 Mar Fiction by Raymond Roussel expansive estate, Locus Solus, where he displays his various deranged inventions: a machine propelled by the. 24 Oct Locus Solus. Raymond Roussel, trans. from the French by Rupert Copeland Cunningham. New Directions, $ trade paper (p) ISBN. 31 Aug Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.

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His estate and private collection puts both of those men’s assets to shame, quite extravagantly. This intricacy anticipates the bracketed narrative form Roussell would later make explicit in New Impressions In which Roussell abandons the structural limitations imposed by the localized, elliptical “stage-show” framing of his previous novel, opting instead for a non-linear, labyrinthine tour of artifacts whose historical accounts germinate into divergences of absurd complexity, with each “story-within-a-story” contributing some facet of detail towards a grand rroussel meticulously peeled apart.

And re-animated with expertly applied electrical currents, courtesy of Canterel and his cat. Presented with tableaux vivants seemingly played out by actors, it turns out that the “actors” are cadavers animated with “resurrectine,” another mineral of Canterel’s discovery, which rroussel preserved corpses to act out the soolus memorable scenes preserved in their nervous systems.

I felt at war. May every curse be piled upon your locis little name, punk, which it is a blessing I can’t remember it was so long ago.

Fixed horizontally to the soljs of the canopy by several screws piercing its edge, was a golden plate which, by some baffling magnetism, held a heavy mass of water dangling beneath it — perhaps half a litre — which, despite its volume, was behaving like a single drop on the tip of one’s finger when it is just about to fall. Imagine a race between seven seahorses, each eaymond with a different color of the rainbow, through this same fluid, tethered together and towing a golden sphere like the sun, in imitation of the horses of Apollo towing the sun’s chariot.


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Locus Solus by Raymond Roussel

Once an idea occupies his whimsical mind, he will go to any lengths to make it happen, even if it involves experimenting on people – living or dead. In both cases I’m not sure what the author is trying to get across, both feel like you’ve stumbled into an alien landscape, and both are mesmerizing without being necessarily enjoyable. The sentences held together with a unique power. The vitallium episode, in which Canterel invents a “certain chemical” that makes the bodies of the dead become animate again but are still dead has a very particular strain of anguish and loss inherent in its concept.

All of that takes place inside the gigantic diamond-like tank of oxygenated fluid.

Locus Solus by Raymond Roussel

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The bizarre inventions and tableauxs continue: I am beginning to think that this buried melodrama constitutes the emotional content of his novels, whereas previously I considered his novels devoid of emotions. If you are scratching your head while reading ‘Locus Solus” then this book is not for you. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


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The Surrealists, 60s avant-garde lit, John Zorn, and many others found the utter weirdness to be greatly inspiring, and it is, but it may also be one of those Spurning plot or any kind of traditional development, Roussel wrote this entire novel raymind a kind of cabinet of curiosities rousxel by wrenching a kind of narrative continuity out of arbitrary word games.

An aquarium filled with “aqua-mican,” water infused with oxygen that can be breathed by terrestrial creatures, occupied by an intelligent hairless cat, a French singer, and a stable of trained seahorses. Oct 20, Andrew added it Shelves: I am guessing it’s probably not much easier to read in the original French.

This page was last modified on 14 Aprilat Without a doubt a work of genius, and a book I will re-read again and again. He accomplishes it by giving everything to you, not hiding things from you.

I read this book some years ago, and to this day I felt I dreamt it. All miracles seem possible in the way of scientific progress.

Many of the inventions are described in enough technical detail for one to draw out the plan. Be the first to review this item Would you like to tell us about raymonx lower price?

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