Erasers ( French : Les Gommes ) is a novel by French writer and director Alain Rob-Grieux , first published by the Paris publishing house Minuy in 1953 .
This book was the first publication of the writer. The novel is written in the experimental manner of a new novel . Criticism did not attach much importance to the novel. In form, the novel is a parody of a classic detective story . The story contains all the characteristic signs of this genre : the murder, the investigation conducted by the detective, witnesses, and material evidence.
The action takes place in a small provincial coastal city in France. The failed attempt is being investigated on a certain public figure, scientist Dupont. In the course of the novel, a misunderstanding arises due to the fact that some characters believe that the attempt was successful, while others are sure of the opposite. The motives of the assassination are unclear. Dupont himself, having been slightly injured, is hiding. Investigator Wallace, committing a series of completely logical, but at the same time completely meaningless actions, eventually accidentally kills Dupont in exactly the same environment as the failed assassination attempt.