• The art of the novel, however, has fallen into such a state of stagnation - a lassitude acknowledged and discussed by the whole of critical opinion - that it is hard to imagine such an art can survive for long without some radical change. To many, the solution seems simple enough: such a change being impossible, the art of the novel is dying.

    Alain Robbe-Grillet, Richard Howard (1989). “For a New Novel: Essays on Fiction”, p.17, Northwestern University Press