Roger Lewinter

The Attraction of Things

Fiction by Roger Lewinter

Translated by Rachel Careau

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Story of Love in Solitude

Fiction by Roger Lewinter

Translated by Rachel Careau

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Arriving in elegant, bilingual editions beautifully translated by Rachel Careau, The Attraction of Things and Story of Love in Solitude are the first two books by Roger Lewinter to be published in English. Although written in the 1980s, these works seem anything but dated. Instead they feel immune to literary fashion. They exert the fascination of something done carefully, even exhaustively, for its own sake rather than to please anyone else.

—Dorian Stuber, The Quarterly Conversation

Arriving in elegant, bilingual editions beautifully translated by Rachel Careau, The Attraction of Things and Story of Love in Solitude are the first two books by Roger Lewinter to be published in English. Although written in the 1980s, these works seem anything but dated. Instead they feel immune to literary fashion. They exert the fascination of something done carefully, even exhaustively, for its own sake rather than to please anyone else.

—Dorian Stuber, The Quarterly Conversation

[Lewinter’s] unique literary voice…is that of an obsessive, a philosopher, and a miniaturist.

—Karl Wolff *New York Journal of Books

A melody […] sinuous, secret, haunting and, finally, dazzling.

—Jean Frémon, Proustiennes

A book that confounds the distinction between fiction and autobiography.

—Brian Evenson, Electric Literature

The Attraction of Things and Story of Love in Solitude, two short books by Roger Lewinter, are the first by the French author, editor, and translator to appear in English. Majestically rendered by Rachel Careau, their publication represents an opportunity to give Lewinter the prominence he deserves…

—K. Thomas Kahn, BOMB Magazine

[W]riters working at this level of care, the shifting of a word, a comma, can have a tremendous impact, even a secret drama.

Electric Literature

…us[es] language to alchemize the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Electric Literature

It takes some patience to walk with Lewinter through these passages, but if you do stay with him, you might arrive at that gem you have been looking for, or one that you weren’t even aware you needed.

—Poupeh Missaghi, Asymptote Journal

Lewinter perfectly captures the strangeness of infatuation and the way in which it becomes all too easy to project one’s own narrative onto the bodies of those around us.

—Thea Hawlin, Asymptote Journal

Short and very powerful.

—Scott Esposito, Conversational Reading

Lewinter’s prose—lengthy sentences, punctuated largely by commas, semicolons, and dashes—has hypnotic appeal when combined with his tendency toward meandering asides and lovely melancholy.

Publishers Weekly

Lewinter unquestionably brings a lot of gravitas to a brief, abstracted tale. A provocative, sometimes-baffling set of riffs on inanimate objects and death, in that order.

Kirkus Reviews

A daunting but well-crafted and original look at relationships.

Kirkus Reviews

You absolutely must read Roger Lewinter, beginning with two perfect narratives: The Attraction of Things and Story of Love in Solitude.

—David Lespiau, D-Fiction

Roger Lewinter’s works, both humanly touching and artistically innovative, are spectacularly individual. Obsessively, and in the most incisive detail, they portray some of the crucial events and ideas of his life in prose at once headlong and passionate in its pacing, and tight and cerebral in its articulation. In this volume, Lewinter’s highly intricate syntax, which necessarily so closely reflects and reproduces his complexly layered thinking, has been meticulously and eloquently recreated by Rachel Careau in her masterful translation.

—Lydia Davis

The work of Roger Lewinter is essentially a work of reflection on meaning, on units of meaning and the logical problems posed by their ordering in the sentence: each word, each sense, leading to a calling into question of the text as a whole. This sentence, which can be compared to a Kashmir shawl in its infinite interlacing, woven in one piece and from a single thread, raises, beyond the simple syntactic difficulties, logical problems of thought that no writing had up to now approached.

—Lorenzo Valentin
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