John Sturrock, 15 October 1987
Show More Death and the Labyrinth: The World of Raymond Roussel by Michel Foucault, translated by Charles Ruas.
Athlone, 186 pp., £29.50, April 1987, 0 485 11336 8Show More
Raymond Roussel: Life, Death and Works. Essays and stories by various hands Atlas, 157 pp., £5.50, September 1987, 0 947757 14 7Show More
“... Michel Foucault, for once and for now, may stand aside: who is the Raymond Roussel about whom he wrote this, his one real essay into literature? Roussel was a writer, of sorts, of the early 20th century; a man both glamorously rich and mentally odd. His money he spent to the hilt in the furtherance of his oddness, for Roussel laboured to write the most uncommercial works and then paid to have them published ...”