The Solitary Twin

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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.1 X 0.4 X 7.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

Harry Mathews was born and raised on New York's Upper East Side but left America for France in 1952 shortly after graduating from Harvard. He has written over a dozen books including the novels Cigarettes, The Journalist, and Tlooth, along with collected stories, The Human Country, and essays, The Case of the Persevering Maltese. Mathews is also the only American member of the Oulipo--the Workshop for Potential Literature--France's longest, and most active, literary movement. He divides his time between Paris, Key West, and New York.


An imagination and an ingenuity that are often just astonishing.
Like Roubaud and Perec, Mathews engineers a funhouse labyrinth in which guise disfigures guise and the logic that reigns is that of representation.
Comic extravaganza that plays mockingly with every device of fiction.
As the novel circles closer to the grand reveal promised by its title, Mathews toys with the reader's 'desire to resolve the irresolute, to conclude the incomplete, to have the crooked made straight.' The result is an undeniably clever parting shot from one of contemporary literature's most playfully challenging writers.
One of the most remarkable prose stylists presently writing in English.
A fascinating, discursive swan song that celebrates the power of stories.--Tyler Malone (03/23/2018)
The Solitary Twin is the perfect endnote for Harry Mathews and a superb point of entry for new readers, encapsulating his lifelong commitment to formal invention while simply being an excellent novel in its own right.--J.W. McCormack