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What’s Interesting about Roussel’s Impressions of Africa

It’s fairly easy to summarize Roussel’s Impressions of Africa: ca. 1900, some French people set sail for South America, but a storm ruins their ship and blows them toward Africa, where after they drift ashore they’re captured by an African … Continue reading

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Roussel’s Procedural Handel

From Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel (1910), trans. Mark Polizzotti, 2011, (204-06). According to Corfield, a musical phrase hatched by a brow endowed with such a divine spark could enliven many pages of score with its breath, even when banally … Continue reading

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Roussel: The Death of Jizme

The storm had already drawn near; bolts of lightning followed each other in quick succession, followed by increasingly loud bursts of thunder. Rao, who had gone on ahead, soon reappeared with his men, who were straining under the weight of … Continue reading

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Raymond Roussel’s Cat Battle

“The child carried in his arms, on his shoulders, and even on top of his head a collection of young cats, each wearing a red or green ribbon around its neck. With the edge of his heel, he drew two … Continue reading

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