By Raymond Queneau

ISBN-10: 0811220354

ISBN-13: 9780811220354

A new version of a French modernist vintage - a Parisian scene instructed ninety-nine alternative ways - with new fabric written in homage by means of the likes of Jonathan Lethem, Rivka Galchen, and lots of more.

On a crowded bus at noon, Raymond Queneau observes one guy accusing one other of jostling him intentionally. whilst a seat is vacated, the 1st guy appropriates it. Later, in one other a part of city, Queneau sees the fellow being suggested via a pal to stitch a brand new button on his overcoat.

Exercises in Style — Queneau’s experimental masterpiece and an indicator publication of the Oulipo literary crew — retells this unexceptional story ninety-nine occasions, utilizing the sonnet and the alexandrine, onomatopoeia and Cockney. An “Abusive” bankruptcy heartily deplores the occasions; “Opera English” lends them grandeur. Queneau as soon as acknowledged that of all his books, this used to be the single he so much wanted to determine translated. He provided Barbara Wright his “heartiest congratulations,” including: “I have continually idea that not anything is untranslatable.Here is new proof.”

To rejoice the sixty fifth anniversary of the 1947 French booklet of Exercises de Style, New instructions has requested numerous writers to give a contribution new workouts as a tribute. Tantalizing examples contain Jonathan Lethem’s “Cyberpunk,” Harry Mathew’s “Phonetic Eros,” and Frederic Tuten’s “Beatnik” routines. This version additionally keeps Barbara Wright’s unique creation and memory of engaged on this e-book — a translation that during 2008 used to be ranked first at the Author’s Society’s checklist of “The 50 remarkable Translations of the final 50 Years.”

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