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Subject: French writer Alain Robbe-Grillet dies

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/19/08 at 1:03 am

From BBC News Online

Alain Robbe-Grillet, the French writer who pioneered the so-called "new novel" genre, has died at the age of 85.

He was best-known for his unorthodox narratives, but enjoyed success, with novels such as Les Gommes (The Erasers) and Le Voyeur still studied today.

He also worked in film, first as a scriptwriter and later as a director.

The novelist was admitted to the Caen University Hospital in France over the weekend for cardiac problems and died on Monday morning, officials said.

Robbe-Grillet was born on 18 August, 1922, in Brest, western France.

The son of an engineer, he studied agricultural engineering and worked as a statistician and an agronomist before finding fame as a writer.

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