The Penguin Book of Oulipo Queneau, Perec, Calvino and the Adventure of Form - Penguin Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis


'Lovers of word games and literary puzzles will relish this indispensable anthology' The Guardian

'At times, you simply have to stand back in amazement' Daily Telegraph

'An exhilarating feat, it takes its place as the definitive anthology in English for decades to come' Marina Warner

Brought together for the first time, here are 100 pieces of 'Oulipo' writing, celebrating the literary group who revelled in maths problems, puzzles, trickery, wordplay and conundrums.

Featuring writers including Georges Perec, Raymond Queneau and Italo Calvino, it includes poems, short stories, word games and even recipes. Alongside these famous Oulipians, are 'anticipatory' wordsmiths who crafted language with unusual constraints and literary tricks, from Jonathan Swift to Lewis Carroll.

Philip Terry's playful selection will appeal to lovers of word games, puzzles and literary delights.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241378458
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 840.800914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxxviii, 545
Weight: 406g
Height: 129mm
Width: 196mm
Spine width: 29mm