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Witch Grass (New York Review Books Classics)

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Seated in a Paris café, a man glimpses another man, a shadowy figure hurrying for the train: Who is he? he wonders, How does he live? And instantly the shadow comes to life, precipitating a series of comic run-ins among a range of disreputable and heartwarming characters living on the sleazy outskirts of the city of lights. Witch Grass (previously titled The Bark Tree) is a philosophical farce, an epic comedy, a mesmerizing book about the daily grind that is an enchantment itself.

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"A supreme example of the novel poem." Claude Simonnet

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"[A] drifty, beautiful, hard-to-plot ambit through the old world's new world, shadowed by war and money and tidal eroticism. It is the dreamlife of Modernity." Joshua Clover, Village Voice

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"Queneau is that rarest of rare phenomena in an age of specialists and watertight compartments of culture: a truly universal, encyclopedic mind, a poet who is also a philosopher, mathematician, and scientist." Martin Esslin

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"I appreciate [Queneau] most [as] the poet of the modest, the minuscule, the engagingly everyday. He displays a prodigious verbal talent to describe the smell of overflowing dustbins and stuffy loges de concierge, he moves about on the frontiers of cities, on the edge of cemeteries, beside gasworks, opposite slaughterhouses, small soap-factories, and distilleries, his characters flee the grandiose." Richard Cobb

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About the Author

Raymond Queneau (1903-1976) was born in the French town of Le Havre and educated at the Sorbonne. He performed his military service in Morocco. An early association with the Surrealists ended in 1929, and after completing a scholarly study of literary madmen of the nineteenth century for which he was unable to find a publisher, Queneau turned to fiction, writing his first novel, Le Chiendent (published as Witch Grass by NYRB Classics), in Greece in the summer of 1932.

Influenced by James Joyce and Lewis Carroll, Queneau sought to reinvigorate French literature, grown feeble through formalism, with a strong dose of language as really spoken. He further encouraged innovation by founding, with the mathematician François Le Lionnais, the famous group OULIPO (Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle), which investigated literary composition based on the application of strict formal or mathematical procedures (members of the group included Italo Calvino, Georges Perec, and Harry Mathews).

Queneau's many books, which typically blur the boundaries between fiction, poetry, and the essay, include Pierrot mon ami, The Sunday of Life, Zazie in the Metro (made into a movie by Louis Malle), and Exercises in Style; under the name of Sally Mara, he published We Always Treat Women Too Well, a brilliant comic spoof on the excesses of smutty popular novels. Queneau was the editor of the Encyclopédie de la Pléiade as well as a fine poet, whose lyric "Si tu t'imagines" was a hit for the celebrated postwar chanteuse Juliette Gréco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590170311
Translator:
Wright, Barbara
Introduction:
Wright, Barbara
Translator:
Wright, Barbara
Introduction by:
Wright, Barbara
Introduction:
Wright, Barbara
Author:
Wright, Barbara
Author:
Queneau, Raymond
Author:
Various
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
FICTION / Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;oulipo;novel;french;20th century;french literature;france
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books Classics
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8 x 5.05 x 0.8 in 0.72 lb

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Product details 328 pages New York Review of Books - English 9781590170311 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A supreme example of the novel poem."
"Review" by , "[A] drifty, beautiful, hard-to-plot ambit through the old world's new world, shadowed by war and money and tidal eroticism. It is the dreamlife of Modernity."
"Review" by , "Queneau is that rarest of rare phenomena in an age of specialists and watertight compartments of culture: a truly universal, encyclopedic mind, a poet who is also a philosopher, mathematician, and scientist."
"Review" by , "I appreciate [Queneau] most [as] the poet of the modest, the minuscule, the engagingly everyday. He displays a prodigious verbal talent to describe the smell of overflowing dustbins and stuffy loges de concierge, he moves about on the frontiers of cities, on the edge of cemeteries, beside gasworks, opposite slaughterhouses, small soap-factories, and distilleries, his characters flee the grandiose."
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