Project for a Revolution in New York (French Literature) (Paperback)
A nightmare trip through the bowels of the NYC subway system. The book, I mean; although that describes most people's commutes too. Robbe-Grillet's ingenious nouveau nouveau roman style is on full display here, with cinematic writing, visceral body images, and surreal erotic acts. He writes horrific scenes into and then out of existence, but they linger on in the reader's mind.
-- Delaney— From Delaney A. Staff Picks
Part prophecy and part erotic fantasy, this classic tale of otherworldly depravity features New York itself or a foreigner's nightmare of New York as its true protagonist. Set in the towers and tunnels of the quintessential American city, Alain Robbe-Grillet's novel turns this urban space into a maze where politics bleeds into perversion, revolution into sadism, activist into criminal, vice into art and back again. Following the logic of a movie half-glimpsed through a haze of drugs and alcohol, Project for a Revolution in New York is a Sadean reverie that bears an alarming resemblance to the New York, and the United States, that have actually come into being.