By Alain Robbe-Grillet
« Robbe-Grillet nous revient, au meilleur de sa forme, avec une manière de conte fantastique, décoré d’un titre hugolien : Djinn. Que ce djinn-là soit une transcription phonétique du prénom féminin américain Jean, porté par une des figures majeures du récit, c’est une première malice. Elle sera suivie de beaucoup d’autres. Tout est jeu dans ce texte qui ne cesse de se dédoubler, en faisant oublier ce qu’il est pour donner l’illusion parfaite d’autre chose.
Ce livre réussit à être, en même temps, une merveilleuse histoire à dormir debout, aussi étrange qu’un conte d’Hoffmann, aussi souriante qu’une rêverie de Lewis Carroll, aussi rebondissante qu’une aventure de James Bond, et il nous apporte une excellente synthèse de l’univers romanesque de Robbe-Grillet.
Tout y est. Ses décors préférés, ses objets fétiches, ses intrigues favorites d’espionnage et ses reprises maniaques des mêmes scènes sous un éclairage différent.
Simon Lecœur, à los angeles recherche d’un emploi, tombe dans les rets d’une mystérieuse Américaine, Jean, qui le subjugue au element qu’il en devient aussitôt amoureux. Sans rien lui expliquer, elle le cost d’une challenge qu’un hindrance, apparemment imprévu, los angeles chute d’un enfant sur le pavé disjoint d’une ruelle imprecise, l’empêche d’accomplir. Cet twist of fate, parfaitement programmé au contraire, remet Simon entre les mains de deux enfants, Marie et Jean, qui le contraignent à jouer l’aveugle pour découvrir quelle supplier souterraine il sert : c’est une société de lutte contre le machinisme où l’on n’use, par ironie, que de machines et dont tous les brokers, découvre-t-on à l. a. fin du récit, après plusieurs variantes, ne sont que des robots.
Je pense que Robbe-Grillet n’est jamais allé aussi loin dans ses angoisses. C’est pourquoi Djinn, avec ce titre hanté et ce fil conducteur imposé, me paraît être un de ses ouvrages les plus prenants. » (Jacqueline Piatier, Le Monde)
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He placed a bite block between Larry’s jaws and taped the tube into place. As he stripped off his gloves the nurse asked, “His mother’s in his room. ” Her way of dumping responsibility of breaking the bad news on him rather than the ED physician. Nurses tend to protect their own, he knew. In the ED he was the outsider. He glanced at the respiratory tech. She nodded toward the door. ” Tyler sucked a deep breath, stepped out of the cramped scanner room, and stood in the hall wrestling with an explanation Larry’s mother might understand.
The PI’s radiation boys determine the dosage, it’s double checked, then sent back here electronically where it goes into the patient’s chart automatically. It’s only after I double-check the dose that Larry’s given treatment. It’s all done by computer. ” “Right. No chance of human error. ” He considered this suggestion a moment. “I dunno . . ” D e ad l y E r r o r s | 45 Michelle threw up both hands. “Okay, okay, you made your point. The protocol is inviolate. But what about someone else? ” “Impossible.
She recited it. He scribbled it on a Post-It. ” 16 | A l l e n W y l e r His throat constricted, his eyes misted. “Me too, Nancy. Gotta run. ” Reluctantly he hit the disconnect button and dialed the ED. “Doctor Mathews answering. ” “Thanks for getting back to me right away. ” Tyler’s heart sank. “What? ” “No. Worse than that. ” “Herniating? ” “That’s all well and good, but that’s sure as hell what it looks like from this end. ” Papilledema. A bad sign meaning the nerves at the back of the eyes were full of fluid from elevated pressure inside the skull.