Originally Posted by StephenHero
I'm also looking for shorter modern novels, particularly ones that serve as good introductions to particular literary movements. European and Japanese, preferably.
and The Magnetic Fields
are the ones that immediately jump out. Can't get more movement-y than the Surrealists, with their manifestos and fake earnestness. (Probably should be read in tandem with the manifestos and a viewing of Un Chien Andalou
That said, I always thought the proto-surrealists (really any authors they tried to retcon as their own -- Jarry, Roussel, Lautreamont, etc.) were always better. There are two anthologies I like a whole, whole lot that would seem to tie into your quest.... The Book of Masks
and Breton's Anthology of Black Humor.For a New Novel
, by Alain Robbe-Grillet? Technichally essays, not fiction, but it probably spurred more of a movement than his novels. (Also I don't know which exact book would be most exemplary....) If you haven't read him, he's got some short stuff that should give you the general idea. There's also Nathalie Sarraute. Same movement. Short stuff in there somewhere.
Then there's always Oulipo
. Raymond Queneau's Exercises in Style
is just plain awesome, regardless of historical significance. I think Georges Perec's Life: A User's Manual
is the most famous work, though it's pretty long....maybe 500 pages, depending.
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Edited by noob - 11/28/13 at 7:35am