Alain Robbe-Grillet: Le Voyeur [The Voyeur]

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  • Craig Adams (University of Queensland)

Alain Robbe-Grillet’s second novel, Le Voyeur, originally entitled Le Voyageur, was published in 1955 and received much more attention than his first novel Les Gommes (1953). It managed to sell many more copies than Robbe-Grillet’s first novel and was more widely written about. The increased attention to Robbe-Grillet’s work was driven by the novel being awarded the Prix des critiques as well as by the praise it received from several important literary figures, including Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, Roland Barthes and Jean Paulhan.

Although Robbe-Grillet is often seen as a difficult writer, many of the early novels are, at least on the surface, easily summarised. Le Voyeur centres around …

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Adams, Craig. "Le Voyeur". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2011
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]