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- DescriptionThe plot of Exercises in Style is simple: a man gets into an argument with ather passenger on a bus. However, this anecdote is told 99 more times, each in a radically different style, as a sonnet, an opera, in slang, and with many more permutations. This virtuoso set of variations is a linguistic rust-remover, and a guide to literary forms.
- Author BiographyRaymond Queneau (1903-1976) is acknowledged as one of the most influential of modern French writers, having helped determine the shape of twentieth-century French literature, especially in his role with the Oulipo, a group of authors that includes Italo Calvino, Georges Perec, and Harry Mathews, among others. Barbara Wright has translated several Raymond Queneau novels; indeed, as John Updike wrote in The New Yorker, she has waltzed around the floor with the Master so many times by now that she follows his quirky French as if the steps were in English. She has also translated works by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Robert Pinget, Nathalie Sarraute, and Marguerite Duras. She lives in London.
- Author(s)Raymond Queneau
- PublisherNew Directions Publishing Corporation
- Date of Publication01/02/1981
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNew Directions Publishing Corporation
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight230 g
- Width134 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Translated byBarbara Wright
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