The Penguin Book of Oulipo

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The Penguin Book of Oulipo: Queneau, Perec, Calvino and the Adventure of Form / ISBN 9780241378458 / 546-page paperback from Penguin Modern Classics 


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

'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.

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