Exercises in Style


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.01 X 0.77 X 7.13 inches | 0.57 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 is one of the premier English translators of modern French literature. In addition to Raymond Queneau, she has also translated such authors as Alfred Jarry, Nathalie Sarraute, Pierre Albert-Birot, and Patrick Modiano.


It will remind you of just how weird and infinite human language is.--Raphael Rubinstein (01/23/2013)
It's a testament to Queneau's ability as a writer, and just as interestingly, it sort of blows apart the idea of how many ways a story can be told--and how style can be more important than content.--Chad W. Post (01/23/2013)
What makes the book compelling is seeing this same, banal tale told through a huge variety of literary styles, from science fiction to rhyme, haiku to official letter. The variety in its repetition becomes at first odd, then hilarious as more and more absurd forms are chosen.-- (01/29/2013)
This witty, bizarre read is perfect for dipping into, or reading from cover to cover, for anybody who loves storytelling.-- (01/29/2013)
Exercises in Style was a revolution, a book that proclaimed its powerful ideas simply by pursuing their iron logic.-- (01/29/2013)
Exercises in Style is an irresistibly simple and frequently hilarious demonstration of the potential of language.-- (01/13/2013)