Simon and Schuster,
First U.S. edition. Translated by Jean Stewart. Red quarter-cloth with charcoal paper boards. Spine stamped in silver. About near fine with light soiling and gently bumped corners, pages toned as usual in a very good jacket with rubbed edges, light soiling to rear panel, small closed tears and shallow chips, spine faintly sun-toned.
Like the practitioners of the New Novel, Butor actively pursued literary theory and criticism, and his work reflects an experimental notion drawn from a deep understanding of his craft. Written as a diary from the perspective of Jacques Revel, a French clerk who starts reading a murder mystery set in his adopted new home in England. Convinced that the mystery is real, he tries to solve it.