The Erasers by Alain Robbe-Grillet, with an excellent Peter Mendelsund cover / ISBN 9780802129291 / 289-page paperback from Grove Press / discounted copies but in like new condition
First published in 1953, and winner of the Fénéon Prize, Robbe-Grillet’s astonishing debut novel is a sinister, singular mystery centered around a series of eight murders in eight days. After the ninth murder, the investigation turns over to a police agent―but it soon looks like the agent has been crooked from the start. With deft sleight-of-hand, Robbe-Grillet conjures an unsteady reality where fact mixes with fantasy, producing an intriguing and unnerving puzzle.
Alain Robbe-Grillet (1922-2008) was a prominent postwar avant-garde novelist and filmmaker. He was a founder of the nouveau roman literary movement, along with Nathalie Sarraute, Michel Butor, and Claude Simon. His books include Jealousy & In the Labyrinth, The Voyeur, and Recollections of the Golden Triangle.