phrase from which I drew images by distorting it, a little as though it were
the case of deriving them from the drawings of a rebus;” (from How I wrote Certain of my Books
by Raymond Roussel)
This piece was
prompted by the literary techniques of the French surrealist writer, Raymond
Roussel, who invented word games and language 'machines' – rhyming puns,
double-entendres and metagrams (whereby the meaning of a word is changed by
altering one letter) – to create theatrical scenarios, images and characters,
both magical and monstrous.
It is written
in one continuous movement made up of interlocking episodes (tiroirs)
which, with twists and turns, open up in the manner of a Russian doll.