We are within the bombed-out Berlin of 1949, after the second one international warfare, rendered with an environment corresponding to Orson Welles’ The 3rd guy. Henri Robin, a distinct agent of the French mystery carrier, arrives within the ruined former capital to which he feels associated via a imprecise yet recurrent youth reminiscence. however the actual goal of his challenge has now not been published to him, for his superiors have determined to manage to pay for him basically as a lot details as is vital for the motion anticipated of his blind loyalty. yet not anything is what it kind of feels, and concerns don't end up as anticipated.
Indeed, the occasions that punctuate the key agent’s remain in Berlin are at risk of abrupt transitions, exciting and questionable in equivalent degree: a capturing, a kidnapping, druggings, encounters with pimps and teen whores, police interrogations, even a few elegantly staged torture. those bloody occasions happen amid thick fog alongside the city’s canals, or even extra mysterious narrative tips. Robin—or is the narrator truly dual brothers?—falls in love with a mysterious lady named Jo Kast (a connection with Oedipus’s mom Jocasta). Her teenaged daughter Gegenecke (the German translation of Antigone), a provocative blonde, will shape an odd partnership akin to the blind Oedipus led into exile by way of Antigone. Dupont, the hero of The Erasers, returns the following as van Brucke (both names suggest “Of the Bridge,” one in French, the opposite in German). during this spectacular fictional cat-and-mouse video game, comparable to Daedalus’s labyrinth, not anything that's remembered will be altogether actual, yet simply what's remembered should be real.
Readers of Robbe-Grillet’s novel Erasers will realize, because the undercover agent of Repetition slowly turns into conscious that he was once in Berlin before—as a baby, along with his mom, possibly searching for his father—the similar allusions to bits and items of the Oedipus tale equipped into the hero’s personal. certainly “erasing” a narrative through retelling it's the crucial motif of all Robbe-Grillet’s fiction and flicks, of which this most modern and doubtless final novel is in lots of methods the main revealing and victorious version.