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Oulipo Laboratory

Texts from the Bibliotheque Oulipienne

Oulipo Laboratory( )
Author: Queneau, Raymond
Calvino, Italo
Fournel, Paul
Mathews, Harry
Series title:Atlas Anti-Classics Ser.
Publication Date:Aug 1997
Publisher:Atlas Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $15.99
Book Description:

Berge, Claude, Jouet, Jacques & Mathews, Harry,Texts from the Bibliotheque Oulipienne,Atlas Anti-Classics,Founded in 1960 by a group of leading French,writers and mathematicians, the Oulipo group still,meets regularly. the groups original aim was to,enquire into the possibilities of combining,literature and mathematics but, as can be seen,from this collection, the field of study was soon,expanded to include all writing using self-imposed,restrictive systems.

Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Literary Collections / European / French
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.031 x 7.722 x 0.156 Inches
Book Weight:0.55 Pounds
Author Biography
Queneau, Raymond (Author)
This French author of treatises on mathematics and other scholarly works has made his reputation writing comic novels. Raymond Queneau (through one of his characters) once defined humor as "an attempt to purge lofty feelings of all the baloney." Roger Shattuck interprets his philosophy: "Life is of course absurd and it is ludicrous to take it seriously; only the comic is serious." Life is so serious to Queneau that only laughter makes it bearable. He has written a play, screenplays, poetry, numerous articles, and many novels, the first of which, Le Chiendent (The Bark Tree), was published in 1933. In Exercises in Style (1947) he tells a simple anecdote 99 different ways. According to some critics, The Blue Flowers (1965) represents Queneau at his best. Its jokes, puns, double-entendres, deceptions, wild events, tricky correspondences, and bawdy language make it a feast of comic riches. The influence of Charlie Chaplin, as well as James Joyce is detectable in Queneau's fiction.


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