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The Penguin Book of Oulipo

Queneau, Perec, Calvino and the Adventure of Form

Philip Terry

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Penguin
19 January 2021
A celebration of one of the most curious and playful literary groups of the twentieth century 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 via 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.
Edited by:   Philip Terry
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   404g
ISBN:   9780241378458
ISBN 10:   0241378451
Series:   Penguin Modern Classics
Pages:   592
Publication Date:   19 January 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Philip Terry is a translator, and a writer of fiction and poetry. He has translated the work of Georges Perec, St?phane Mallarm? and Raymond Queneau, and is the author of the novel tapestry, shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize. His poetry volumes include Oulipoems, Shakespeare's Sonnets, Dante's Inferno, Quennets, Bad Times and Dictator, a version of the Epic of Gilgamesh. He is currently translating Ice Age signs.

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

Indispensible, informative and playful ... no two pages are alike, and every page is quite unlike anything else you've ever read. -- Andy Brown * Stride Magazine * A wonderful anthology. -- Michele Metail Philip Terry's collection is packed with fabulous, wide-ranging work thatdisplays 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 At times, you simply have to stand back in amazement ... Philip Terry - himself a fine formalist poet and a distinguished translator of Oulipo - has put together as good a tasting menu as any. The 100 examples of Oulipian and relatedly formalist work here maintain an almost uniform virtuosic ingenuity, and reward reading, even en masse. -- Tim Smith-Laing * Daily Telegraph * There is real gold in Terry's selection ... the perfect illustration of the Oulipian balancing act of producing writing that is both wry and moving at the same time. -- Dennis Duncan * Literary Review * A superb selection ... Lovers of word games and literary puzzles will relish this indispensable anthology celebrating Perec, Calvino and many others ... Terry's anthology connects us to a wider world of Oulipian wordplay, and beyond. -- Tony White * The Guardian *


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