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The plot of is simple: a man gets into an argument with another 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.

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“A work of genius in a brilliant translation by Barbara Wright….Endlessly fascinating and very funny.” Philip Pullman

About the Author

Raymond 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.

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Ava Sennett, January 30, 2011 (view all comments by Ava Sennett)
I loved this book. It if funny and surprisingly deep. The author describes a rather miniscule event over and over through different perspectives. Though by the end it does get relatively redundant and somewhat contrived, the idea is so fun and interesting that the repetative-ness is hardly a fault. It inspired me to write a similar such story and I have had great fun looking at the world through different lenses.
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Ava Sennett, January 30, 2011 (view all comments by Ava Sennett)
I loved this book. It if funny and surprisingly deep. The author describes a rather miniscule event over and over through different perspectives. Though by the end it does get relatively redundant and somewhat contrived, the idea is so fun and interesting that the repetative-ness is hardly a fault. It inspired me to write a similar such story and I have had great fun looking at the world through different lenses.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780811207898
Author:
Queneau, Raymond
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Author:
Wright, Barbara
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
English
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
Theory
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Publication Date:
19810217
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.6 in 0.5 lb

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