Locus Solus

By: Roussel, Raymond

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Book Condition: Fine


Book is in excellent condition, brand new. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. From the back cover: Canterel, a scholarly scientist whose enormous wealth imposes no limits upon his prolific ingenuity, is showing a group of visitors round 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, activated by the weather, creates a mosaic of human teeth, a vast aquarium in which human beings 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 Canterel's exhibition there hangs a tale, a tale such as only that amazing genius Roussel, one of the founding fathers of the modern novel, could tell. As Canterel's devices become more and more elaborate, the richness and brilliance of Roussel's stories grow to match them; the flow of his imagination becomes a flood, until the reader finds himself swept along in a torrent of mingled wonder and hilarity. Locus Solus, first published in 1914, is perhaps Roussel's most perfect masterpiece. Based, like the earlier Impressions of Africa, on uniquely eccentric principles of composition (which the interested reader will find outlined in Rayner Heppenstall's Raymond Roussel), this book invites the reader to enter a very special world of the imagination, a hauntingly unforgettable world which in its innocence, extravagance and deep reasonableness is unlike anything in the literature of the twentieth century.


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Martha Gellhorn reported many of the flashpoints of the 20th century, witnessing the Depression, the Spanish Civil War, covering the fall of Czechoslovakia and the Normandy landings, the liberation of Dachau and the Nuremburg Trials. She also reported from Vietnam and Israel.

Title: Locus Solus

Author: Roussel, Raymond

Categories: Fiction,

Publisher: Riverrun Press: 2003

ISBN Number: 0714507342

ISBN Number 13: 9780714507347

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Fine

Type: Fiction

Seller ID: 147153

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