The Penguin Book of Oulipo

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

Hardback (31 Oct 2019) | English

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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

'Philip Terry's collection is packed with fabulous, wide-ranging work that displays the full ingenuity, brio and originality of Oulipian ideals in action. An exhilarating feat of in-depth reading, and translating, 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.

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Penguin Classics

Penguin Classics

The first ten paperback Penguin books appeared in 1935 costing 6d each (the price of a packet of cigarettes). Since then the Penguin list has developed enormously, but still aims to bring the best writing to the widest possible audience. Penguin Paperbacks now range from Booker Prize-winning contemporary authors, to mass market bestsellers, with successful history, biography and general non-fiction as well.

Book information

ISBN: 9780241378427
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
DEWEY: 840.800914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 5697
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 976g
Height: 161mm
Width: 243mm
Spine width: 44mm