Pinget, Robert


<p>Robert Pinget (1919 –1997) was a Swiss-born French novelist and playwright. As a young man, he studied and practiced law.  After becoming dissatisfied with his legal career, in 1946 he moved to Paris and enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts to study painting. Gradually he discovered his interest in writing and became ensconced in the Nouveau Roman (or “New Novel”) literary movement led by authors such as Alain Robbe-Grillet and Marguerite Duras. He published his first book, the collection of short stories <em>Entre Fantoine et Agapa</em>, in 1950.  Despite their unconventional style, Pinget’s works were received endorsements from renowned writers Alain Robbe-Grillet and Albert Camus. Pinget met Samuel Beckett in 1955, and they forged a friendship that became important to Pinget both personally and professionally.</p>