The Planetarium

Nathalie Sarraute (Author) Maria Jolas (Translator)
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A young writer has his heart set on his aunt's large apartment. With this seemingly simple conceit, the characters of The Planetarium are set in orbit and a galaxy of argument, resentment, and bitterness erupts. Telling the story from various points of view, Sarraute focuses below the surface, on the emotional lives of the characters in a way that surpasses even Virginia Woolf. Always deeply engaging, The Planetarium reveals the deep disparity between the way we see ourselves and the way others see us.

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Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date
December 23, 2014
5.84 X 7.62 X 0.75 inches | 0.61 pounds
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About the Author

Nathalie Sarraute (1900-99) was born in Russia, grew up in France, and was one of the prime movers behind the so-called New Novel, along with Alain Robbe-Grillet, Robert Pinget, and Claude Simon. During her lifetime, she wrote eleven novels, a book of criticism, a collection of plays, and an autobiography.


"Any summary of such an anti-fictional work of fiction can only betray it: for it fulfills ideally the dream of Flaubert and Mallarme, dreamed again by their Irish and Czech admirers, Joyce and Kafka, of a novel made out of nothing and in which events are next to nothing."

"The Planetarium is a wonderfully believable account of a short, sharp struggle between an exploitative young man with literary ambitions and his rich, domineering relatives." --The New Yorker