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Raymond Roussel

Born in Paris in 1877, in the bosom of a wealthy family, Raymond Roussel was highly educated; he appreciated and learned music and singing, but decided to take the path of literature. Thus, in 1897, Roussel published his first novel, La Doublure, believing he had produced a portent that would allow him to experience “a universal sense of glory of extraordinary intensity”. However, the cold and negative reception, indifferent to the literary prodigy, triggered a severe nervous disorder that would continue throughout his life.

Three years later and recovered from the shock, he resumed his writing activities and in the next years he would publish his most important works, including Impressions of Africa (1910), Locus Solus (1914) and New Impressions of Africa (1932).

Roussel died in 1933, in a hotel in Palermo, due to a barbituate overdose.


The verses of the double in the piece of the Shark in Red Pumps were written by me. All this is to say that an issue of particular importance drew me that very evening into the spectacle of my friends Waffle and Torch.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUNE 2023

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