New Directions Publishing Corporation
August 28, 2018
5.0 X 0.5 X 7.4 inches | 0.6 pounds
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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.
Queneau's role of combined scientist and pataphysician makes him seem more clearly than ever the forerunner of those other disintegrators of language: Ionesco and Beckett.