“He walks on and gradually unrolls the uninterrupted ribbon of his own passage, not a series of irrational, unrelated images, but a smooth band where each element immediately takes its place in the web, even the most fortuitous, even those that might at first seem absurd or threatening or anachronistic or deceptive; they all fall into place in good order, one beside the other and the ribbon extends without flaw or excess”

-Excerpt from Alain Robbe-Grillet’s The Erasers

Everything is connected. Our own existence is entirely dependent upon the infinite web in which we are emeshed; we are nothing without our surroundings. This is the world of Wallas, the protagonist of Alain Robbe-Grillet’s The Erasers–his existence is composed of fragmented memories and strands of interconnected information. The text itself is bound together with words that thread and tie themselves throughout its pages. Textually, Wallas holds a central role in the massive conglomerate of ideas which is the story. He is defined by the linked ideas which surround him, and when these pieces are pulled away or rearranged “his existence loses shape.”

Studio: Perception | Critic: Madeline Schwartzman | Fall 2006
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“His existence loses its shape.”
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