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01/29/2008

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Steven Augustine

Sounds tasty. Must have a look.

bdr

Is Mullen talking about Raymond Carver starting in the 6th sentence of her novel? (section: The Audience.) Sure sounds like it to me.

"The wife of the famous dead writer is remembering him at some sentimental length; he's known for what he didn't say: he lent a pressurized-by-its-reticence tragic glamour to a measured combination of spiritual impotence and physical violence."

Cause like, if she is, either you did this on purpose, or serendipity strikes.

John Fox

The repetition of a central event with slight deviations sounds very much like Alain Robbe-Grillet's work, and more broadly, like a technique finched from the French New Novel. That type of novel also eschews characters and narrators, and focuses upon minute details, and has taken the form of a detective story (for example, The Erasers, and to a lesser extent, The Voyeur). Just some very intriguing parallels. I don't know Laura Mullen, but it'd be interesting to read her and see in what way she'd riffing off New Novel techniques.

Luther Blissett

To second John Fox, Mullen's novel sounds like a complete rip-off of Robbe-Grillet both in terms of form and content. Among the common subjects for R-G's meditations and repetitions were the detective scenario, the violent act, the reading subject, and the leisurely/vacationing subject.

Dan Green

Murmur reads nothing like Robbe-Grillet. The discontinuity of both narrative and prose style (to the extent it is prose) is much more extreme.

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